What is Astrattualism (Abstractionism)

This unique form of art expression was founded and created by Italian Artist Gianmario Tadini along with his co-founding peer, Artist Gianmarco Passerini. A third artist, Elisabetta Pieroni completed the trio of artists that helped define this movement. Gianmario Tadini felt a need to deconstruct form to be the foundation for an intimate desire for freedom of expression. These artists gave life to a new twist in the interpretation of Abstractionism and Futurism. The Astrattuale Movement took form and is now an influential presence in Italy’s art culture.


The Founding Artists Behind the Astrattuale Movement


Gianmario Tadini

Born in Milan, Italy in 1940, Gianmario began his career as an artist as a youngster. His first oil painting dates back to 1954, at the age of 14 years. His studies included the mentorship of Gigi Comolli, Professor at Brera & The Patriotic School of Nude Milan.


Tadini’s philosophy towards painting was based on “deconstructing to essentialize, not to cancel.” His style reflected shearing colors to incorporate his view of reality, perception and impression. Impulses, symbols, and meanings within his concept were integrated to produce something that communicated the beauty and universal values. The paintings he created aroused intense emotions.


Gianmarco Passerini

Born in Pietrasanta, Italy, in 1989, Passerini started budding as an artist at a young age. He attended The Scientific High School of Technology where he pursued interests in agriculture. Due to a desire to follow other interests, he enrolled in entertainment and communication classes at a university. There he also became involved in Theater Arts.


His greatest passion was painting. He experiments with many painting techniques while using acrylics as his choice of medium. With the use of plastic sheeting, he honed in on his mixed technique by applying ink and acrylic. With a wiping movement, he learned to exploit the nuances of color, shapes, and shadows.


“I analyze” the ethics of the dream “observing all the absurd and logically illogical rules, trying to reproduce them on canvas and doing so, almost to explain them, so I do not try to represent the image I see in the dream, but to represent the concept that it contains, that abstract logic, which in real life would not make sense, that escape from the reality that allows us to go to another parallel reality, with different rules, emotions, and colors.

An example can be made by looking at my painting “The speech of a dreamer.” This picture, fundamentally, represents a discourse that makes no sense:  the reason for a nonexistent fact lies in the explanation of the fact and of the number five in the case.  But although this discourse does not make sense in reality, in a dream, it makes perfect sense, and indeed, it becomes the backbone of the dream itself.

Trying to make this concept understood, I want to make the example of a dream: we imagine dreaming of a world where sheep can fly and although we do not know the reason, we must shoot the sheep to save the world.

Although actually, this dream makes no sense, at that moment, while we are dreaming of it, shooting the sheep to save the world is the most logical and the only thing that needs to be done. ” – Gianmarco Passerini


Astrattualism and The General Art Population


Some may question why an artist’s expression is reflected abstractly. Perhaps the conveyance of what their art communicates is beyond visual language. The meer peering at an abstract piece of art causes the soul to stir, and the interpretation of how the piece speaks to one is personal.