|Women and Wheels is a
homage to the female of diverse races and cultures and their aspiration
to a greater freedom in their journey through history.
In each of the 12 paintings that comprise the series, Vita Di Milano depicts an
unclothed, comely young female dominating against
a setting of multiple elements. To the casual viewer, the woman's
unabashed nakedness may convey the impression that these paintings
are works of erotica. However, the presence of the bicycle and the
different objects that loom in the background, tell otherwise.
The historical landmarks and religious icons
are a reflection of the traditional institutions and ancient morals
that have long prevented women from taking their rightful place in
society. The bicycle, or some of its components, acts as a symbol that
points at a much more important and fundamental principle. It
is the bicycle in particular that stands as the allegory for the
concept of freedom and as the ideal propelling women to strive forward
for a greater control of their destinies.
Self-confident and determined, Vita's contemplative females appear to
have already completed their journey of self-discovery, or to be in the
process of so doing. Their audacious nudity demonstrates
how comfortable they now feel about themselves and their true nature.
As well, the intentional irreverence they express toward various
allegorical elements that appear throughout the paintings, further
emphasizes the progress they have made in their age-old struggle for
equality and independence.
While it is apparent that in Vita’s life women and
wheels are two of his muses, equality and universal justice combined
with a more enlightened and harmonious civilization, are also major
passions that resonate throughout his moving tribute to women.
Intriguing yet serene, playful yet respectful, the artist's blatant
compositions reveal Vita's deep commitment to a
highly controversial subject. His inspired theme and bold, realistic
technique are candid and to the point, yet with a subtlety that
bespeaks the mysterious and the sacred.
In denouncing those traditional myths and
dogmas, which are deeply ingrained and perpetuated to this day, Vita
has created a captivating ensemble of inspired works that stand in
search for a universal truth.