Italian artist Giuseppe Velardo's mixed-media collage panels convey a suprising depth of feeling and emotion despite a restrictive color palette. His work flaunts the traditional convention of portrait painting as he chooses a more abstract approach. For Velardo, painting subjects as close as possible to reality is boring and deceptive. Instead, his figures appear disfigured and deformed, details of individuality are obscured by layers and veils. The artist uses this technique to capture what he sees as the true self, representing lonliness, frustration and resltessness; the inner turmoil we all carry behind the facade we present to the rest of the world.