The visual suggestions inspiring the work of the artist Massimo Bandi offer extreme emotional stimuli and represent a sort of creative open space which lets the observer adapt the meaning of the artistic representation to one’s personal experiences. Bandi’s colors are sometimes decisive, sometimes soft. While delicately crafted, his firm stroke is enriched by a marked stage-like sense which is reminiscent of modern theatrical pieces where light and shade add drama to characters that are representative of all our human conditions. The woman, almost always protagonist in his work, is there, not only described in her outer beauty, but mainly in her more intimate and secretive aspects. Bandi’s woman is assertive and confident. Her confidence establishes a system of meanings and values. She lives for herself, revealing and hiding herself at the same time, as if she wished not to be completely understood. The male figure, instead, if present at all, never leaves its anonymity, not even when taking on Bandi’s explicit features. This is to underscore the artist’s willingness to define his estrangement by positioning himself in a visual dimension which is internal to the artwork. This artistic discourse is purposely ambiguous, and often incomplete, so as to give the observer the freedom of interpreting and completing the artwork while remaining involved in the emotions that the artist is trying to transfer and indeed transfers – with success. Massimo Bandi’s artistic landscape is therefore a leap of sentiments and a far knocking of the mind which address the deepest seas of human emotions; the stroke is like writing that becomes extraneous; in the representation, elements of space and light dominate and create shapes and sensations of pathos. It is indeed in the psychological reading of the parts constituting his work that one can comprehend Bandi’s themes, his being an artist, a story-teller, and a theorist of the human mind. Engaging research-like pictorial writing.