On this occasion, an innate artistic genius or a naif outsider are not the right answers to the question about the origin of this indisputable talent. A great mastery, a wide cultural background and a thoughtful use of calculated skills are immediately perceptible. Esteemed and appreciated artist, Renzo Roncarolo has devoted to Art his entire life, not only in the role of Professor of Painting and Decoration but also as Art Director at the Vercelli Institute of Fine Arts until the age of 84. His artistic life started when he was a child and carried on with passion and extreme dedication till his death. World War II burst out dramatically in Roncarolo's life: in 1943 he was arrested and deported to Germany. He will come back home only in 1945. This horrifying experience didn't discourage his creativity and Renzo Roncarolo exhibited in over 100 collective and 50 solo exhibitions.
A delicate elegance transpires from the soft contrasts of colours in Roncarolo's canvases. Post-impressionistic atmospheres full of fascinations that recall Cezanne's exploration of nature's essence: Renzo Roncarolo does not imitate the boundaries and shapes that delineate the external world, he seems to give a solid form to the environment. Landscape becomes a geometric presence, a truthful perception of a sensational reality that surrounds what he is painting. Stylistically speaking, Roncarolo's brushwork is a deep investigation of the palpable structure of the object and the subjects emerge from the dense background with a powerful appearance substantiated by sparkling colours. The light does not come from an external source, the subject itself shines with its own brightness.
Everything seems made with the same stuff of which the atmosphere is made of and, at a more profound analysis, his paintings remind of Cezanne's statement “Each stroke needed to contain the air, the light, the object, the composition, the character, the outline, and the style". Definitely, they are all in Roncarolo's masterpieces.