Mario Pevarello (Trento 1910 – 2005) was a versatile artistic figure, a prominent presence in the city’s cultural life throughout the 20th century. As a painter, poet, and violinist, he used art to view life with a touch of irony, even during the challenging moments of World War II when he was held captive by the Germans. He strolled through the city with an always elegant gait, sporting an artist’s beret and bowtie. Born to a barber, he began attending the Music Lyceum of the Filarmonica at the age of twelve, studying the violin and playing in the orchestra under the direction of Antonio Pedrotti. Alongside Remo Wolf and Bruno Colorio, he wielded a paintbrush, creating small watercolors and graphics displayed in various exhibitions.
In the 1950s, following the terrible ordeal of the Second World War, he embarked on his renowned voyages: 73 journeys on the great ocean liners, playing the violin and pursuing his passion for painting. These journeys served as a window to the world, chronicled in poems and represented in his figurative artworks, vibrant watercolors brimming with crowds and cities! Upon his return to Trento, he worked as a critic for newspapers, reviewing the concert seasons of the Filarmonica and preparing his own exhibitions, which were also showcased in Paris, New York, and Tokyo.
After his death, as a tribute to his enduring connection with the Trento Philharmonic Society and his love for music, his family decided to donate a large painting (90 x 120 cm) titled “Enchantment of the Grand Orchestras.” Among the depicted musicians, Mario Pevarello is seated at the violin stand.