Shola’s Gold

Art Gallery

Italian artist Shola Carletti shows her work in India, where she has been a resident for the last few years.

Painting, for me, is a metaphor for life…

When the direction is not clear,
either in colors or in life,
I stop for a while and touch my inner silence.

Here it is!

This is the moment I am looking for.
The balance between life turmoil,
abundance of colors
and that white and silent gap.

In that moment,
in that gap,
I reach my goal…

This is my meditation. 

The main component of my work is gold, a powerful and dense colour, both physical and spiritual. It transpires lively, bright, transparent and fragile shades. On the one hand it is dense, and doesn’t allow light to go through; on the other it is fluid, transparent and ever changing like the light’s reflections on glass. Like all of us…

I am often asked about the technique I use in my paintings. I like to experiment, and most of my media are the result of trials and mistakes. I love to be surprised by the result of the mixtures, the different
varnishes or materials and am fascinated by the contrasts that eventually create harmony.


Shola CarlettiAfter I graduated in graphic design from ISA in Urbino, one of the best art schools in Italy, I started my career as a graphic designer, a passion I cherish to this day (e.g. I am the designer of the Italian Osho Times and of many Osho books and events) while being engaged in pure art work at the same time. 17 years ago I decided to visit Pune – and there I took sannyas. From then on I spent 6 months in Pune and the rest of the year in other parts of the world, but 6 years ago I decided to make Pune my home and focus on painting. Now I show my work in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Dubai.

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