Richard Orlinski is a French artist born in Paris in 1966.
A sculptor since 2004, his work, is conceived around the concept “Born Wild” in a style and with contemporary materials available for a large audience, including children.
His creations act on archaisms. His works are exhibited both at FIAC on the slopes of Courchevel and in 90 galleries worldwide. Since 2011, he has been ranked in the Top 10 of the best selling French artists in the world by Art Price; one of his works was awarded €680,000. On the world ranking of auctions distributed by Artprice, Orlinski was at 121st place in 2015.
«When I’m creating, I release my positive energy. I would like my works to help people channel their dark thoughts, and turn them into beauty».
Violence is in the nature, it is vital, but Richard Orlinski also knows that beauty can transform violence into a positive emotion.
Through the Born Wild Concept, Orlinski questions the transformation of a primary instinct into a civilized emotion. The expression of this transformation is the aesthetic of the work, the search of perfection of the sculptor and the viewer’s perception. Defender of Arts as something accessible to all, Orlinski draws in popular imageries icons that serve his purpose.
Simple but strong figures that evoke the animal instinct and savagery, while retaining an almost hypnotic beauty. Richard Orlinski’ s key audiences by acting on childish impulses as well as on archaisms.
Born in Cagliari in 1990, Daniele grows up in the family of the art lovers. The first passes were inspired by his brother Riccardo, an artist and sculptor as well.
During his years in Liceum, he takes part in different artistic exhibitions in different locations of Cagliari and province.
After years of hard work, he manages to continue his artistic research, transferring to Milan with great sacrifice, and joins the course at Brera Academy of the fine arts.
The first exhibitions he takes part after having left the island are «I Am Nature», collective exhibition organised by the On Art Florence and the participation in the initiative of the Bookcity of Milan.
The graphite is the element that hinges his pictorial style, which is expressed through the interconnections between the metaphysical and surrealistic currents.
Andrea Rossi graduated in Advertising from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, Italy. Interactive environments were subject of his thesis, which resulted in an interactive installation celebrating Coupé, a car produced by Fiat. Tutor on this project was Paolo Rosa from art group Studioazzurro.
After working for some advertising agencies as an art director, he moved to London, UK where he started focusing on his art practice. Sixteen years later he moved back to Milan where he currently works and lives.
To date, Rossi’s work comprises paintings, videos, interactive installation projects, and experiments involving computer languages such as HTML5 and CSS. It has been shown in several countries: Germany, Italy, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the UK and the USA. As well as being included in exhibition catalogues, it has been featured in various publications: NY Arts, Boé, Riabita and Artecultura; it has also been the subject of and mentioned in articles appeared in papers and magazines such as TZ, Abendzeitung, Augsburger Allgemeine, Network and a-n. Andrea Rossi has the pleasure of gracing with his work homes and places in Italy, Portugal, Germany, France, the Gran Duchy of Luxembourg, the UK and Japan.
From the childhood, Babak started drawing the trees on the walls. Strong connection and great respect of the nature, as his religion teaches: as Mithraism says a men’s duty is to protect the environment and human rights.
Works of Babak Monazzami in oil and pencil on canvas, which are exhibited in Nordrhein-Westfalen, in Germany. His passion to the international cultures: African, Asian, Mid Oriental are represented through the monks’ faces Buddhists, of shepherds Zulù, of Moroccan and Persian women. And then the numerous works representing the horses as the symbol of imprisoned freedom.
His passion for the surrealistic photography leads him to face the political and humanitarian themes. «…In his works Babak demonstrates the daily damage that human beings bring to the environment: the essence of the woman is that one of the Mother Land which is imprisoned in tears for the loss of her children which are killed by human beings devoid of moral…»,- that’s the way his photo «Mother Land in prison» was described by Xoow Magazine in Spain.
Eclectic and polyhedric, Babak approaches the art in its different expressions. In his artistic curriculum there are also presented musical videos and short films, always on cultural themes and on the rights of the environment and of the animals.
Babak has been director of TV and theatrical programs, TV host and stylist for fashion programs.
Diego Morra, born in 1994, is a photographer and graphic designer.
The photography and the graphic design have always been his biggest passions. After having received a diploma in Advertising Graphics in 2015 he starts then the studies in the Polytechnic of Milan, taking a degree in Design of Communication in 2018.
In 2016 he starts, with some friends, exploring and photographing some structures abandoned in the province of Milan. The fascination of these places and the beauty that they hide in their interior pushed to continue this experience leading, in three following years, to find and to explore almost 50 abandoned locations: among them are mental hospitals, villas of epoch, churches, colonies and industrial factories.
The greatest part of his photographies was born own in that period, between infinite journeys, dark rooms, enormous ceilings and memories of other times. I define my photographic style as a mix between the story, portrait and the architectural photography, a research of the perfect balance between subject and environment, a kind of environmental portrait.
I was born in Milan, I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Painting and later graduated in New Technologies of Art where I had the opportunity to meet some great masters and to discuss my thesis with Franco “Bifo” Berardi.
I have always worked using my expressiveness as an illustrator and interior decorator and now, through “unconventional” materials and techniques, I express and realize my artistic research.
The new technologies introduced into the new millennium above all the daily use of the computer, have given life to a digital multimedial that have modified my perceptive, aesthetic and artistic scenery
The art for me is a continuous research of the image and really through the digital technology and its winger craftsmanship, I try to create a fragment of reality that has a sense, which comes from the context that surrounds us.
It is the city and its daily random banality to attract me; I try to fix these fragments of urban history in digital files with the photography; I start then a simplification process reducing all of it also to few lines, which I retouch than using primary and secondary acrylic colours
Sometimes I insert the religious icons (which have accompanied me at long time in my illustratrice work) but in this case I look for a suspension in their way of living in the deconstructed space, to create new cues, new vision and new relations, to try to redefine the reality in its complexity.
Yulia Kompaniets (born august 16, 1973) is a Russian-born photographer in the 2nd generation who lives and works in Milan.
Her father is a professional photojournalist in Moscow. Since birth she grown up surrounded by cameras, lenses, photo enlargers, day by day she absorbed this atmosphere observing how images were appearing in the dark room with hardly red light in the thickness of specific smelling solutions. She got a Masters degree in Ecology and began her career in photography at the age of 30 but art has become an obsession and her life since that time.
Yulia experiments with traditional printing techniques and contemporary digital technologies, sometimes mixing them together.
Living in Moscow, she collaborated with other artists and performance groups. As a result of one of such her collaborations with “LOFT IN THE RED ZONE” project and New York-based performance group “AIR HIT AGENCY”, Yulia started her years-long project “EMOTIONS. REFLECTION. INSIDE.” She took some pictures then but modified them later after years already living in Milan by mixing with layers of rusty iron. This project is a series of the abstract style works, the allegory that represents the destructive changes we undergo living in a world of fears. Along with the ambiguity of the subject’s gender, the sexless person, it could be either a man or a woman.
Yulia has chosen black and white transparent plexiglass as a material and as the language to express her idea for showing an illusory and fast, permanently changing world we build to live in.
In December 2014 Yulia graduated ISTITUTO MARANGONI FASHION SCHOOL in Milan as fashion designer. But photography remains her passion. And in february 2015 she created the first part of the art photo project «INSIDE».
The artist was born in Medellín in 1969, influenced by the culture of the comic. This interest lead him to begin his studies in the art school project in Medellin and then in Valencia, Spain where he studied Fine Arts. He currently lives and works in Italy.
Ortega‘s work combines painting with sculpture, making each piece a little scenario in which superheroes entrusted to any mission or presented as cult figures stand out. The use of Tintin, the main character in the work of Ortega, is intended to show the iconic connotations of the character.
These characteristics are determined by which represents itself the character, its moral values and their unwavering determination to carry out its mission. So when Tintin embodies a superhero or a Saint, it is intended to indicate that the mission is in good hands.
In his twenty years of intense professional career, Ortega has had over eighty exhibitions in Europe, Asia, South and North America, such as the Hall of the frescoes of Le Sibille di Raffaello in the Chiostro of the Bramante, Intelligent Building in Medellín EEPP; Guest Artist, 21st International Exhibition of Comics in Barcelona, Spain; Cow Parade in Barcelona, Museum of Water.
Originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, Evgenia has a degree as an architect and landscape designer. However her true passion has always been painting and impressionism the field where she could best expand her creativity. Her style is unique in the way she captures light, her sensitivity for colour and her appreciation of nature. Evgenia has developed as an artist with a loyal following of clients and has sold her works worldwide. Evgenia lives in Milano with her husband Charles and son Daniel.
As an artist and thinker of painting Davide Genna officially begins his own career in 2010 with a recognizable technique tied to the experience. The series of works presented in personal exhibition «A Big Ashtray»
characterised of the utilisation of the paper filters – symbolic vectors accumulated on table, originally been born with the reason of filtering, defined object gesture – is realised in a technique that has been developed for some years in minimalist key, appreciating to the extreme the material as in the “Dead Natures” composed by white filters of cigarette, or in figurative version, the mosaic portraits to relief evoking the density and the thickness of the painting.
After the first years of artistic experiences at self-taught man’s in 2011 he decides to attend the academy of the fine arts of Brera and particularly the courses of painting of Alberto Garutti and sculpture of Gianni Caravaggio. The courses characterised strong training in the group criticism and at a study and practical widening of the processes of sculpture poveristi which modify the intellectual technical approach of the research that is forwarded in formally different grounds opening to new technique and new experimentation. Poor materials and paper are transformed into the space with a new sense of the preparation, influenced almost by two years of sculpture studies.
In 2014 he transfers to London and marks the passage to a new dimension. Inspired by the city and its international vocation, a figurative demand emerges in the whole of its complexity. The contents of the works post poveristici feed the composition of new and great portraits in which the human figure is realised accumulating overturned woman faces. The poetic dynamics changes in report to the changes of the life and this formal time adds experimentation tied to another vector: the triangle.
Key element of the new analytical psychology, in 2016 for the Genna is the triangle, always made of paper and in report to atypical materials as the steel and the cloths with sunshade parasol of the sea, joins what the fresco has been defined removibile, or an idea of fresco tied to the mobility of the persons in the contemporaneity. Triangular fragments from several materials, paper cloths and steel, assembled according to geometry, tones and surreal balances compose the idea of fresco developed by the author during these last years.
In 2017 and in 2018 during two journeys he develops new research and approach to the technique, tied to the Chinese culture.
Alberto, was born in Palermo in 1983, graduated at the Centro Romano di Fotografia e Cinema di Roma (Roman Center of Photography and Cinema). Now lives between Sicily, Rome and Milan and works as a Fashion, Street Style and Fine Art photographer.
His works has been published world wide in magazines such as Wired, theGuardian, Telegraph, L’Oeil De La Photographie, SkyArte, Internazionale, CBS, Corriere della Sera, American Photo, Photo.fr, il Fotografo, HUF, Elegant, Switch Magazine and Kiplinger.
Since 2015 he tells the Street Style during the main Fashion Weeks in Milan and Paris.
His artworks has been exposed in galleries in Italy, England, China, Germany, Slovakia, USA.
In 2015, the MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century in Rome – chose him along with other 10 young Italians photographer in Italy for a Masterclass with internationally renowded photographer Mustafa Sabbagh.
Has won many international competitions, including, in 2016, the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards for the Iconic B project.
In this project, Alberto Alicata, traces the history of photography, image iconic realized by the great masters, resorting to the use of a symbol of contemporary Western culture: Barbie. Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin, David Lachapelle, Mario Testino are some of the names which Alicata honors, studying carefully chosen shots and recreating a set to measure Barbie rebuilt in detail the limits of the obsessive precision, the original that inspired it, in order to strengthen the authenticity and strength of timeless images, now become part of our visual memory and intended to be timeless. Intuition playful operate this simulation, using one of the most imitated, idolized, collected and studied which is renewed in every historical period, this production puts in a dimension in the making, is intended to be enriched with new images, and more opportunity to quote unexpected suggestions.
1st prize winner at the Sony World Photography Awards 2016
The charm and the anxiety that he felt towards plastics characterized his whole course of study. Firstly at the Arts School in Algeri, then, when he to attend the Academy of Fine Arts, he fought for the establishment of the Faculty of Sculpture and I managed it. (The Academy of Fine Arts of Algeri didn’t offer the teaching of Sculpture). «In the first year I was the only student followed by a polish teacher, in the second year, we were four students and afterwards we became a quite solid and active group.
We worked hard, we could model and learn the chalk moulding and bronze fusion techniques. We had qualified teachers but I felt that it wasn’t enough. I was lacking in something but I didn’t know what it was. Then I won a bursarship so I went to Carrara, where, for the first time, I got to know the marble.»
The marble gave him what he had looked for: it involved him physically and emotionally. It transformed his ideas, which were limited to clay, it translated his feelings into substance and it revealed its secrets, making him suffer. «I learned how to love and respect the marble, although I was afraid of it. I learned how to follow its nature in order to make the most of it.
I still approach the marble with this sense of religiousness, when I choose it and when I cut it. When the figure develops, there is a kind of bond between us that leads me to the completion of the Work and… further.»
Gets diploma of the public institute of Art “F.Palma” of Mass in 1996 In 1998 co-operates on the constitution of the cultural Association of art “Group Tarlà 98” located in Massa, as a member and one of the founders. From 1998 until 2000 co-operates with the famous artist from Carrara Nando Dunchi on the carrying out of a sculpture ( 4 m height) , then placed in the Wood of Thousand Poets in Nèris les Bains in France From 1999 until 2001
he co-operates with the painter and potter Marino Collecchia ends with success the course of formation organised by the Province of Lucca, the Municipality of Pietrasanta and the agency of formation Image Ficta on the preparation of craftsman specialised in the artistic working from the bronze close to Patro Foundry of art in Pietrasanta.
2007 it co-operates on the constitution of the cultural Association of Art “The Moths” located in Massa, being its member and one of the founders.
Now he works close to the artistic foundry As Prato of Pietrasanta (Lucca). He co-operates with different artists and associations for projects development on cultural artistic theme.
The sculptures in bronze and in nickel silver which, in their thin shapes, they have been born at the imagery of the artist’s like calls to the sections of the human skeleton, to be useful then, in their abstract shape, for a space destined to the free interpretation.
Nothing is left to the case and the care of the detail it relates to the school of his master Nardo Dunchi, important artist who lived and written a piece of history of XX century and who has influenced it in the technique and in the aesthetic vision.
Walter Bartolucci is born in Pietrasanta. His artistic formation begins with the studies, beforehand attending the civic Institute of Art in the section Plastic Decoration, following then with studies of Sculpture Section in the Academy of Arts of Carrara.
Contextually to the academic studies, in summer time, he attends the laboratory-atelier of Rino Giannini, professor and sculptor based in Pietrasanta, where he deepens his study of the technique of the sculptural working from the marble.
After a first phase of working experience in the studies of sculpture in Pietrasanta, now he works in a civic artistic foundry like finisher in workshop. He shares with a friend an artistic laboratory – atelier where he is able to express his own creativity in the best way.
The material that predilige in the carrying out of his works is the clay, particularly the raku, which allows him to express the own poetics in more extemporaneous way. This material allows him to be expressed at best giving importance to the gestures keeping the unchanged freshness of the modelled pieces. The terracotta, in the major part of the cases, is then patinated, or in cold technique using acrylic colours or enamelled or to craclè. The sculptures realised in marble belong to the initial phase of his artistic run; they as well as models melted in bronze.
Giacomo Bonazza is a young sculptor, born in Pietrasanta on the 21/9/1994, from the young age shows a predisposition for the drawing and a strong interest for the art, following his father, a painter, copyist and amateur of history of the arti, arising the interest of the son and teaching him the bases of the drawing. That is why he is starting to follow the artistic Lyceum of Carrara where he cultivates more and more his interest for the sculpture that then will become a true and own inhalation after having worked on the age of sixteen years close to the laboratory of “Giorgi Marcello”,
very much respected and renovated craftsman and artist of Pietrasanta and not only, which provides to teach the young boy the bases of the sculpture and of the modelling . The year later he gets the possibility to learn working with marble in the laboratory of “Franco Cervietti”, he finishes the Lyceum and joins the Academy of Arts of Carrara that he frequents for two years. Leaving the Academy, he begins to work at the several laboratories both of sculpture and inlays of Pietrasanta and Carrara, initially like apprentice and then as craftsman until now.
His works are mainly realised in marble with the utilisation of varied styles also very much diversified between them that permits the author to elaborate at best the concepts expressed through his works or like simple means of expressive research. The style of the works presented in frame of the collective exhibition «TOSCANA DOC» in the PA.NOVA Gallery are based on 3 keywords: “Eclecticism”, “Minimalism”, “Baroque”. This combined style in an eclectic way, remaining though organic and coherent is realised with clean and linear mark, extremely synthetically and minimalist to an expressiveness of baroque style that livens up the works through two aspects: “The curve” e “The virtuosity”. The curve, the curl or whim as you want to call is the base of this style that plays on the research of the shape, concept of full and empty, on the linear passage of different plans, on the passages between lights and shades and at last (arriving so at the second word), at a virtuosos of craftsmanship expressed through an extraordinary thinness to which it is able to carry the shapes indicating perfect expressive ability through the marble.
His work is born at an inner research that investigates the narrow connection that passes between the human being, the music and the nature. This research begins with a profound studies on the mythology during the preparation of the exhibition “The Living Myth” in 2005;
in the same period for work reasons he transfers in Trentino, a resort which let him make a narrow contact with the nature, to know it, to respect it and to listen to it. Actually that is a period when he fells the demand of working and realising sculptures with materials that are implying to the presence of the nature itself with branches, barks and leaves. These elements have acquired a fundamental list, becoming the structure, the midrib of the whole work. In this one there is constantly present the human figure conceived almost always of little dimensions compared to the rest to highlight the size of the Nature and of the life. «I have learnt to listen to the nature, the one who loves to walk in mountain understands what I mean: it is not possible to do without listening to the sound of the nature: the wind, the brooks, the leaves, a branch that breaks. The strength of this sound it has entered prepowerfully into my artistic poetics, creating what I define the marriage between man, music and nature: the artistic production of these last is born at these elements 10 years what there sees a continuous dialogue between the natural element and the human figure in one itself seesawing of importance, there where one bursts on other one and vice versa.»
The work Harp, the sketch of a work is situated specific realised by the exhibition “M.A.N. melody art and nature” inside the Botanical garden of Lucca. This great harp represents the architectural structure of a city that binds and that wants to keep back to one human figure brings to run away itself being disentangled by the threads of the daily routine, with the fixed look turned towards the horizon or towards the plants of the garden.
Anton Parfenov was born in 1985 in the USSR, in the Ural Mountains area. He spent his childhood and youth between Ukraine and Italy. Later finally moved to Italy to work in industry fashion.
According to the author, he began to be engaged in art activity unexpectedly for himself:
“It happened suddenly, under the influence of the world of fashion, my trips, acquaintances, the cultures of those countries, where I was born and I live now. The inspiration absorbed me as a wave — I began to paint pictures though I have no professional art education”.
The new cycle of works of Anton Parfenov “I always believed” (“EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM”) is a series of collages, cuttings from glossy magazines and black white graphics of the artist.
Clearness of lines, faultless architecture of the black-and-white drawing is inserted in the world of the cut-out words, slogans, bright glossy pictures gathering in disgusting faceless images of the present. Magazines become not just technical tool, but first of all, a live being, a voice, collective intelligence obscured by iPhones, Internet and media which dexterously seized life of people in the modern world and absorbed it.
Gabriele Mosti born in Massa (MS) on April, 9 1987, completed the studies at the Academy of Arts of Carrara (MS) under the guide of the professor Franco M. Franchi, graduated in 2015/2016 with getting a diploma with the maximum of the votes in the academic year.
He participated in several exhibitions such as:
- Collective exhibition InFormAzione, Gallery of Art Badini, Cecina (Li), 2014;
- Competition «Overseeing and Democracy» in Europe, promoted by European University Institute and sponsored by the Academy of the Arts of the Drawing, Villa Salviati, Florence (FI), 2015 [with Mention and Special Prize for the work Cirri Etherea (sketch)];
- Won XXIII international Prize of Sculpture “E. Mannucci”, Arcevia, (AN), 2016;
- Collective exhibition Connection, Onart Gallery, Florence (FI), 2018.
He has realised also different public works:
- Antartide, in marble of Carrara, inserted into the marmorean complex in the garden of the cliff of the Bentivoglio, Bazzano (BO) 2014;
- Fauna, in Roman Travertine, Civitella d’ Arna, (PG), 2014;
- Etruscan, in marble calacatta of the Gherardesca, Bibbona, (THERE), 2015.
Taking the roots from the multimaterialism used in the criselefantine Greek statuary, the artist searches, through his own work, a modern and contemporary way of its reinterpretation: to subtract the use of the precious metal, to leave «naked» the wooden structure extracted from poor material (pallet and cases) and united with iron and / or steel, in order to attribute to its plastic valence not limited to pure structural support. The union of these elements with the cement, but more ̀ often with the terracotta, and ̀ it stretches in search of an organic balance that gives homogeneity ̀ to several materials to join an only singularity`.
The utilisation of recovery material underlines that a requalification of the matter: to insert parts of chairs, doors, windows, etc., wants to symbolise the mutation of a serial and industrial product, that arrived at the “end” of the own daily use to its creative reincarnation ̀ to become a link between the work and the spectator.
The choice of the terracotta, one of the mostly used materials of all times, and ̀ owed to the intrinsic connection that it has with the history of the humanity up to its dawns, almost to custody and seal of the evolution.
Assembling several materials, with the references to the works of the New Yorker artist Louise Nevelson and of the concept of “full – empty” of the ancient Chinese painting, there are created spaces that make appear the nucleus itself of the work on the surface and there are determined new shapes to be developed.
The sculptures developed by the artist have a particular sketchy and doubtful shape, which, looking at itself in the insecurity of the life in a “liquid” essence of the contemporary world, to cite the thought of Zygmunt Bauman, picks the teaching of the expressionism and, above all, of the existential realism of the1900s, with the individual who is positioned in the centre of its being collectively lonely.
Mia Castro is an Italian sculptor working in marble and metal. She has lived all over the world from Bolivia, Italy, Asia to South and North America.
These life experience has opened her mind, giving different visions, points of view, meaning of life, and especially influenced her artistic approached influenced by a wide range of diverse sculptures from all over the world.
The mixture of different materials and techniques, combination of stone and iron , is a way to represent my artistic approach to the future generations and a new reality. Today and especially in the future the world will become a giant melting pot of different cultures, languages and religions mixed up together. That is why Mia focuses on the difference between all of us in the modern world, however confirming the modern vision on the humanity.
Her works are about fragility of life and great power that the Mother Nature has still in our life and lifestyle; nature is the own true power that still makes us feel alive and become real human beings with heart and soul.
Silvio Giannini was born in Rome in 1998. His passion for art began from the very childhood. He got a diploma of the Artistic Lyceum of Rome and by that time he had already tried varied techniques, from oil painting to graphics, from drawing to photography. However, the artistic technique which nevertheless lets him express in the best way is certainly the drawing, in which he realises the main part of his works.
His drawings are made only with graphite, pastel and charcoal on paper.
All his works are realised in white and black, as Silvio does not feel the need of the colour at the moment, but he is interested exclusively in the shapes.
For a long time Silvio has based his artistic research on the theme of the portrait, which is used as a mirror of the modern society and the nature of the human being. In these portraits, even though drawn with meticulous precision, some elements turn out to be always receding, as, for example, the look, often absently or concealed. The same thing happens in his “maimed” portraits, where the body has lost the integrity and shows on its surface the tragic condition of the contemporary man, who lives in the interminable “night on the world”, so deep and profound that does not let anybody understand the complete darkness they are living in.
Inspire of the fact that Silvio creates works of a disarming realism, the aspect that strikes immediately the spectator,- he is attracted not simply in looking only with the eye, but also, and above all, with the mind. In fact, he puts the particular attention to the headlines of his works, trying to bring closer the spectator to the meaning behind the drawing, letting to recreate a connection between different works of the artist. Silvio is not interested to communicate his own sensations, or, in any case, something exclusively personal, but he tries to deal with topics which have a universal meaning.
A long and meticulous process that stays behind each work of Silvio becomes a kind of therapeutic process for himself.
To extension of the visual illusion topics, as the report of the man with his nature, with the society of mass and with the death, certainly take the central place in his works.
Currently Silvio studies Publishing Graphics at the Academy of Arts of Rome.
David Bebiano, New York based sculptor, a person of the world with a cosmopolitan spirit and open minded at 360 degrees.
«I was born in 1973, but I didn’t have anything to do with art until 33 years later, in the winter of 2006.
My indoctrination into the world of art came from a bad breakup, walking away from my job at the time, a carton of cigarettes and a bottle of tequila. I learned how to weld that day, and I never stopped doing it. And now half a world away 11 years later, here we are, still at it, still with the same enthusiasm as day one».
In his abstractly expressive works David uses an old-world approach to creating bronze sculpture, consisting of oxyacetylene gas welding and lost wax casting. Each sculpture is made entirely by hand, using traditional techniques in both metalsmithing and casting.
Naturally, his artistic style now has grown in parallel to the life path he has chosen – a vast combination of many different cultures, ideologies, eras, styles, and influences. Taking on a much wider perspective, in opposition to the purely abstract style David once championed, seems the logical outcome of living such a lifestyle. «The mind controls the body – there’s just too much out there to learn and create from. For a dynamic mind to sequester itself to a sole ideology is absolutely ridiculous; for me, it’s the definition of torture».
While striving for NYC success, he never forgot about Europe. Influenced by the stories about Paris in the 1920’s, Montmartre, Cubism, Italian Futurism, Russian Avant Garde, Constructivisim, and Suprematism, during the last years he was travelling a lot, exposing his works in different galleries and foundations across Europe. He is thinking of moving to Italy to continue his artistic research in the nearest future.
Mark Rubbera and Enrico Mancini, students to the Academy of Arts of Brera, are a couple of emergent artists based in Milan. Their artistic project explores principally the field of the sculpture and installation.
Each work is accompanied by a written interpretation of Alessia Gandini, young writer who transmits their works in words. The artistic research of Marco and Enrico turns to the experimentation of resin and cloths.
The works are a fruit of a still open artistic research, which tries to investigate the existential spheres of identity, temporality and spirituality. With an intention of universal identification, the interpretation of the work leaves free reflection on the spectacular and the place of human beings during their lifetime in the world. Always in mind bearing a classic type aesthetics, the statues develop an analysis regarding the human body, the drapery, the transparence, the light, however not renouncing the innovation in the modern technique of carrying out their works. The cloth is conceived like second skin of the body, whose gathered naked figure is representative of the existence. The meaning resides then in the veil, the veil of who remains is what we are, that we have been and we will be for others, being loaded to become a memory, a Relic.