Ophelia (art) - digital painting of a doll by Barbara Agreste

Mermaid - Drawing from the Pop Surrealism series, pastels on acid free paper by Barbara Agreste.

Drawing of woman with red hair, cards, snakes and hearts on dress (Poep Surralism Series), pastels on acid-free paper.

drawing of woman with fearful face, pastels on paper by Barbara Agreste

Drawing of Virginia Woolf face, portrait by Barbara Agreste. Pastels on acid-free paper.

Drawing of woman's face, pastels on acid-free paper, by Barbara Agreste.

 Ghost. Oil Painting of a doll, part of the Ophelia Pop Surrealism series by Barbara Agreste.

Painting of fairy Doll, from the Ophelia Art Series by Barbara Agreste

Painting of Doll with Snakes on her head. OIl on canvas by Barbara Agreste.

Painting of a Fearful Child's face. This art-work wants to convey a feeling of helplessness in children.

Earth: from "The Catharsis of Ophelia" series, painting of a doll sleeping, oil on canvas by Barbara Agreste.

Painting of a Doll on the floor, surrounded by Flowers. From "The Catharsis of Ophelia" series by Barbara Agreste.

Painting of a Doll as "The Catharsis of Ophelia" by Barbara Agreste.


Painting of a Doll as a Fairy, from "The Catharsis of Ophelia" series by Barbara Agreste.

Painting of Evil face, oil on canvas by Barbara Agreste.

Painting of Stressed Man's face, acrylics on canvas by Barbara Agreste.


Painting of child's face, acrylics on canvas by Barbara Agreste.


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 Barbara Agreste begun to make many drawings since the age of four: many of the illustrated fairy tales books she read during her childhood, and the animated films she saw in the 70s influenced her way of representing human figure, and shaping the imaginary world she conveys on canvas and film. She was also inspired by the natural landscape surrounding the house she lived in with her family as a child, which was built on top of a hill, immersed in a huge forest made of pines and oaks, and full of small living creatures that she figured as bizarre characters from the fantasy stories she loved. Barbara has always thought that the forest is full of mystery and magic, and that fairy tales and the oral tradition of folkloric narratives has helped keeping alive a feminine world of wisdom and knowledge so much tied to nature, that was doomed to almost disappear since the starting of the witches persecution in the middle ages, and the demonisation of women and nature by an overwhelming misogynistic world that today uses technology in the wrong way to manipulate the landscape for profit destroying all the life it contains. Twenty years later the beautiful village surrounding her house has lost almost all the magic together with the trees and the countryside it dwelled on, due to an abusive excessive urbanization that brought an enormous amount of cement on those hills wiping out and killing indiscriminately all the existing wonders of nature and the creatures that had reigned there ever since.

Barbara believes that drawings, paintings, and films, along with stories from ancient times have the power of making that world of magic inextricably linked to nature come back, and help us seeing our planet in a more human and respectful way, possibly helping us to think about our living environment as our friend instead of an enemy. Art in short serves a purpose: that of making us learn that the earth, the way it is full of trees, is the environment that upports our life; that of restoring faith in a better life of friendship and caring where there is room for all the creatures in the world, and all the vegetation, helping this divided, poisoned an helpless world go back to a state of thriving health, love and happiness.




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Dolls - Ophelia (art, paintings) series by Barbara Agreste