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Self-taught painter Livio Možina was born in Trieste in 1941. While he only began painting at age 28, he has had nearly thirty solo shows since 1971. Možina’s romantic work has fascinated many for its almost tactile realism. Critical praise of his unique hyperrealism highlights the artist’s ability to pair the mundane with the extraordinary:

“Možina's ideal is beauty. The clear emotions evoked by the simple objects he depicts: a broken shoe or a vase of geraniums, a rusty tin, a chair or a mandolin, brings us close to the man and his feelings.” (Antonio Oberti, Il Narciso, September 1975)

The artist works mostly in landscape and still life format, including rustic farm scenes, fowl and snowy woodlands. The admixture of styles also reflects visual culture of Trieste, particularly that of German and Austrian Realism and Slavic Magic Realism. Critic Elisabetta Luca captures the essence of Možina's gift: “Immersed in an aura of controlled Romanticism, Livio Možina's creativity obeys the laws of luminosity, brightness and meticulousness.”

Today, Možina lives in Trieste and teaches painting at the Galleria Rettori Tribbio 2.

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