Federico Unia’s current work reveal the progressive conclusion of his expressive phase, characterized by ‘political’ ideals and repeated reference to ethical barbarization, social alarm and environmental denunciation. With excellent narrative qualities, both forceful and direct, the artist endeavored an open confrontation with the heritage of art history, with the direct use of best-known iconographic solutions camouflaged in pictorial and graphic layouts.

Standing at the divide between the historical period of humanistic painting - characterized by the crisis of certainties and the acceptance of chaos as an experiential value - and participating in the sensationalisms of everyday life, the artist reshapes the complexities of life, using the past to underscore ethical and social tensions, highlighting private behavioral dynamics, exasperating interpersonal conflict and choosing an interiority that is torn apart.

The expressive approach that leads to the creation of every single work is based on the convergence and linguistic super-imposition of the consolidated ancient iconography, turned into large-scale icon symbols, at times drawn from an advertising manifesto and at times from a selection of prints. It is also based on the polychrome pictorial approach centered on re-painting and re-delivering each work to the public through the material features of color, its evident thickness and presence of brush strokes. This approach underlines Unia’s artistic track starting once again from the advertising phase of the manifesto, as a...