Paolo Tommasi, a leading figure and point of reference in the world of art and performance, now spends much of his time in India. His activity as an interior decorator and designer, a set and costume designer, in addition to a painter — carried out both in Italy and abroad — has always been characterized by a quest for harmony.
The book’s format proceeds through a masterly play of mirrors between texts and illustrations. The author, Caterina Napoleone, establishes a subtle network of crossreferences between the man and the artist — who has become a symbol of “Made in Italy” — and allows his most devoted interlocutors to reveal some of his most distinguishing traits. Jungian psychologist Mario Trevi brings together the recondite motives that have nurtured an explosive creativity concealed behind a shy and retiring nature. Architect Antonio Tocchi evokes his long collaboration at Tommasi’s side. Vittorio Gassman and Luigi Squarzina reveal the innovative ways he contributed to the dramatic excitement of various stagings. Riccardo Buzzanca and Gabriele Mayer, in charge of creating Paolo Tommasi’s sets and costumes, point out their distinctive elements. Painter Bruno Caruso and fashion designer Roberto Capucci articulate lifelong friendships innervated in the timeless dimension that have bestowed on Tommasi’s theatrical and figurative art.
What emerges is an original picture of an artist in a continuous state of becoming, someone who opens up unexpected perspectives onto his never unheeded “search for harmony” amid the chaos of existence.