Magical Realism in Sfumato is Dragan Sekaric Shex’s signature style. Oil on Canvas.
Umbrellas are symbolic and these works often express the desire to protect, not merely from rain but from everything. These paintings dig into the inner consciousness of the artist and the viewer, merging the familiar everyday scenes with memories and desires.
Shex’s paintings of this type are created in sfumato style, stemming from the Italian sfumare "to tone down" or "to evaporate like smoke." The term was used in Italian Renaissance art for a highly illusionistic rendering of facial features and for atmospheric effects.
In these works, Shex blends together skies with the ground, making it unclear where paintings begin and end, or where memories, nostalgia and desires blend with reality. Real but magical or magical realism.