Metaphisical Surrealism




Step into the captivating world of Cesare Oliva's surrealism, an immersive online exhibition that delves deep into the artist's visionary interpretation of this enigmatic movement. Journey with us as we uncover the layers of meaning behind Oliva's unique approach to surrealism, exploring its roots, influences, and transformative power.

Oliva, a true descendant of the original surrealism, stands as a beacon of authenticity amidst the sea of postmodern mimicry. His surrealism is not a hollow imitation of past aesthetics but a vibrant reflection of life itself – a philosophy, a way of being, a profound mode of perception.

For Oliva, surrealism transcends the confines of artistic categorization, extending into the realms of philosophy, spirituality, and human experience. He sees surrealism, pittura metafisica, and magic realism not as distinct movements but as facets of a singular perception that has existed since time immemorial.

Drawing inspiration from ancient spiritual traditions, animistic cultures, and the visionary works of artists like Bosch and Bruegel, Oliva traces surrealism back to its primordial origins. It is not merely a product of 20th-century avant-garde movements but a timeless thread woven into the fabric of human consciousness.

The transfiguration of Daphne and Apollo, Oliva 1978
The beach beyond the hill, Oil on canvas, 80 x 70 cm 2016

The term “Surrealism,” coined by Apollinaire in reference to the ballet Parade, encapsulates only a fraction of the movement’s vast scope. Oliva rejects the notion of surrealism as a linear progression from Dadaism or a movement confined to the dictates of André Breton. Instead, he sees surrealism as a living, breathing force that defies easy classification.

Departure and Arrival Immerse yourself in the narrative of departure and arrival, as Oliva's canvases transport you between the bustling streets of Montreal and the serene allure of Sabaudia. Each painting serves as a chapter in the artist's personal story, inviting you to connect with the emotions embedded in every brushstroke.

In a world where surrealism has been reduced to a catch-all term for the nonsensical and absurd, Oliva seeks to reclaim its true essence. He challenges the notion of surrealism as a static art form, asserting that there is no singular surrealist painting or film. Instead, surrealism permeates every aspect of existence, manifesting in myriad forms and expressions.

Oliva’s vision of surrealism is expansive and inclusive, encompassing all alter-realities and sensory experiences.

It is less concerned with empirical observation and more attuned to the speculative and perceptive dimensions of human consciousness. Rooted in sensation and intuition, Oliva's surrealism invites viewers to explore the depths of their own imagination and embrace the infinite possibilities of existence.

Join us as we embark on a journey through the boundless landscapes of Oliva’s surreal imagination.

Experience surrealism not as a static concept but as a dynamic force that continues to shape our understanding of the world and ourselves.