BATO was born in Rome in 1977. He holds a degree in Literature and Philosophy and a diploma in art from Rome’s Liceo Artistico Sperimentale Alberto Savinio. In 2019-2020, Bato’s solo exhibition “Jungle” featuring his latest animal paintings and sculptures was held in the Tonino Guerra Museum in Santarcangelo di Romagna.
Bato depicts the very essence of his subject matter in a fluid and spontaneous manner. Stimulated by his interest in jazz, improvisation and gestural painting are key features of his working method. His jungle works draw inspiration from an in-depth study of zoology and the wild but also his love of the literary works of adventure writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Emilio Salgari. His subjects include lions, tigers, elephants, crocodiles and gorillas, simplified into essential forms using expressive colour and energetic lines or transformed into a stylized range of sculpted creations in bronze, iron, resin and wax.