Italian artist Umberto Ciceri (1961), conducted personal research for 25 years, on the fields of neurophysiology, perception of sight and the physics of colors, patterns and textures, which later became the foundations of his artwork. His handmade lenticular panels feature silhouettes and objects in seemingly perpetual motion. In fact, in his works, motion and stillness are illusions that the viewer experiences differently every time.
As the artist points out, he is fascinated by the diversity in the approach to colour by viewers: "There are countries attuned to warm complementary families like magenta, greens and oranges, others to cold ones like ultramarine, cyan and sulphur yellows, some do not appreciate violets and yet others ditch colours in favour of achromatic temperatures. Attempting to penetrate the neurological bases of emotional experiences induced by an artwork is an extremely powerful motivator for me. For example, feeling more attracted to more figurative or abstract expressions, in all of the arts, is not merely a cultural element but above all genetic predisposition."
Ciceri lives and works in Barcelona, cultivating his creativity in the world of patterns and textures and always conducting personal research developing his art further.
He applies his studies to the creation of art installations “Hypertraits”: his take on lenticular printing. "Moving" kinetic art, in antithesis to immobility, acquires an existential meaning: regeneration against stasis; observers becoming active engines of the work. Angles and perceptions change along with the visual outcome they come across.
Ciceri's personal blurring technique is the result of the painstaking practice of breaking down the focus of the images and then putting it back together in their elementary colour patterns, requiring great experience and expert technique, resulting in lenticular technology. He is almost a painter working with the pigments of optical photosynthesis.