Like an Old Master draftsman, Longo achieves an extremely emotional range through his use of chiaroscuro. His Photorealist drawings are based on images borrowed from the world around him, being media containing a political and social statement, or nature and mysteries.
"Rosette Nebula" is a singular portrait of emotional and physical forces, which drive the viewer to freeze in front of the beauty of nature and its ungraspable manifestations. The beautiful petal-like formation of clouds of gas and dust that give the Rosette Nebula its name take center stage in this amazing image. The nebula is located about 5,000 light years from Earth and reminds the viewer of the immensity of the universe and the human being´s position in it.
“I think I make art for brave eyes. I don't want to make art that will pat you on the back and tell you everything is going to be okay. I want to make something that's much more confronting. You don't look at it, it looks at you as much as you look at it.„