Patrick Ybartina: The Charm of Colour in Unexpected Surroundings

paul-ybartinaPatrick Ybartina is an exceptionally eclectic expressionist painter whose inspiration clearly comes from the Cubists and Fauvists with his pure and highly contrasting colours that denote all the enthusiasm and passion of the artist. His style also includes Realism, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism and Abstract Surrealism and in each genre he captures the spectator with powerful and impressive tints and fascinating atmospheres.

Ybartina's limitless imagination ensures a complete freedom of expression, from spontaneous abstract representations to complex shapes that remind us of Picasso's intellectualism, always using a stunning colour pallet, inspired by the strong primary hues of Matisse and Derain. Ybartina also reveals a curious passion for the Game of Chess, that becomes a perfect setting and source of inspiration for the artist himself.



He says: “For me this game is like the Game of life: the objective is to win, to survive, the same as in Real Life. But the challenge is designing and then carrying out a strategy to achieve the ultimate goal – as is in life, so you must constantly evaluate and change your playing strategy.” In these striking pieces of art Ybartina portrays the well-known figure of the game in different perspectives and the viewer is catapulted into an imaginary world where each face shows an enigmatic personality. The depth of the chessboards and the magnetic contrast between the black and the white enchant anybody who looks at these paintings. The perspective is infinite and the colours are vibrant: he really embodies the essence of this intriguing game.


Moreover, Ybartina gives a spectacular vibrance to city settings. The movement of the soft brushstrokes and the overlapped shades of paint, hide the dome of a cathedral, the rigorous lines of modern buildings and the profile of skyscrapers. The viewer is bewitched by the iconic London skyline set in an atmosphere of light and cold colours, dotted with beautifully shiny pigments. But Ybartina also shows an extraordinary talent for abstract representations, where warm and shiny shades of colour come out from the canvases, as if they were floating, suspended in air.


Then, unexpectedly, we always find something recognizable among the multicolored brushstrokes: an eye, a figure or simply a dance of ideas that come from our minds. Ybartina gives us a stimulus and we accept the challenge, captured by joyful shades that encourage our own creative process. 


Elena Foschi