Štěpán Zavřel’s art has always been present in the exhibition “Le immagini della fantasia”. This year, enhancing the close connection with our Guest country (Iran), we have chosen the book Il Ritorno di Ario, da Ciro il Grande a Ciro il Piccolo (Quadragono Libri, 1974). It is a series of tempera and watercolour paintings where we can clearly recognise the influence of Persian culture on Zavřel’s style, which was already visible in the Byzantine atmospheres typical of his works.
Within these images, characterised by a detailed and always gestural execution, we can admire how the artist elaborates patterns, rhythms and various directions. Starting from a chromatic scale of light blue and turquoise, he develops a scenario that is immediately recognisable, with pointed arches, Arabic domes, turbans and colourful characters. In this way he manages to create a plethoric, rich, fantastical world, which, like a garden of Eden, constantly encourages us to enjoy beauty and use our imagination.
Illustration by Stepan Zavrel, from Il ritorno di Ario (Quadragono Libri) – detail