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Maui artist’s work recounts periods of inspiration

  • COURTESY SCHAEFER INTERNATIONAL GALLERY

    “Fortuna” (acrylic on canvas, 2011), is a representation of the Roman goddess of fortune and fate, who was a muse for Resta. The interlocking layers and pathways to assorted universes provide movement andrhythm.

  • COURTESY SCHAEFER INTERNATIONAL GALLERY

    Piero Resta’s “Rain Brings Life” (acrylic on canvas, 2008) was a turning point for the artist into abstract expressionism. At far left is a re-creation of his villa in Kaupo. On the back wall is “Epica” (acrylic on canvas, 2011), inspired by Ulysses, hero of Homer’s “The Odyssey.” The 10-by-20-foot mural has never been displayed before.

  • COURTESY SCHAEFER INTERNATIONAL GALLERY

    Piero Resta learned he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2013. He continued to greet each day with possibilities, exploring the journey from this life to another, and was still painting with purpose until he died in 2015.

The only way to properly present a retrospective of the works of late Italian-born Maui artist Piero Resta was to re-create his unique world at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Read more

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