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Diego Santanelli

Diego Santanelli

Diego Santanelli (Naples, Italy, 1965) started his creative path at a very young age. A self-taught artist, his career have been based on explorations of several pictorial techniques. After working for decades as a physician, in 2008 he decided to entirely focus on his oeuvre. In April 2009, Santanelli exhibited a series of works that he called “Spatulas” at Maninni Gallery, in Naples. Then, in May 2009, he exhibited in Paris at Espace Pierre Cardin, where he had his official artistic debut with his “Hiddenart” series, a body of works based on the combination of collages and thermo-sensitive enamels. 

His current series “Apocalypse” was born in 2013 as a result of his explorations with different materials during his previous series (Hiddenart). Influenced by Pollock’s action painting, the artist reaches to create a technique that he called “branching” based on the principle of “pouring” vigorous masses of painting onto the canvas, allowing the materials to mix themselves at their will. The canvas is covered with several layers of painting, whose trajectory over the pictorial surface Santanelli masterfully controls. His ability to control “the pictorial accident” is the core of these works. The name “branching” comes from the process of superimposing and linking layers of pictorial materials over the canvas surface.

These series have been defined as “Apocalypse,” as they are the result of the emotional and intellectual maturity of the artist. He comments, “It has been a long and difficult journey of self-discovering. I experienced intense life challenges with uncertainty always at my side. It was a journey of introspection and catharsis, of inevitable loneliness. I tirelessly tried to leave the pain behind, starting again and again from scratch without any destinations. A journey to discover my own soul, my own essence, which sometimes felt lost. I was imprisoned into a dimension to which I didn’t belong. Through my contact with artistic creation I found my own center. The miracle is accomplished.”

 “Apocalypse” reveals the most hidden and less known meaning for this biblical prophecy: Apocalypse as a renaissance. 

Raisa Clavijo

2015 – “Apocalypse Opera”. Posillipo Theater. Naples, Italy.
2011 – “Sacro è Profano” (Sacrum is profane). Sala Museum Santa Rita. Rome, Italy.
2010 – “Arte Hour”. Le 4 Paretti Gallery. Naples, Italy.
2010 – “HiddenArt”. Castel dell'Ovo. Naples, Italy.
2009 – “HiddenArt”. Le Cheval de Sable. Paris, France.
2009 – “Le Spatole” (Spatulas). JW Marriot Capri Tiberio Palace. Capri, Italy.
2016 – ArtBoca Raton. Percorsi /Journeys. Boca Raton, USA 
2016 – ArtPalm Beach. Canale Diaz Art Center. Palm Beach, USA 
2014 – Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center. Vienna. Austria
2013 – The Museum of Modern Art. Dubrovnick. Croacia
2013 – The Deichtorhallen. Hamburg. Germany
2012 – Salone del Mobile. The Pirelli skyscraper. Milan. Italy 
2012 – The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Israel
2012 – “ArteFiera”. Bologna, Italy.
2011 – Sao Paulo International Art Fair
2010 – “International Art Saloon”. Porto Cervo, Italy.
2010 – “Declinazioni artistiche” (Artistic Variations). “Francesco Gonzaga” Diocesan Museum. Mantua, Italy.
2010 – International Art Centre of Dubai. UAE
2009 – Business Art Salon. Espace  Pierre Cardin. Paris, France.
2009 – Sao Paulo International Art Fair. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2009 – “Musica e arte in contemporanea” (Music and Contemporary Art). Naples, Italy.
Espace Pierre Cardin. Paris. France
Mario Valentino Collection. Milan. Italy.
Museum Maison Van Gogh. Auvers-Sur-Oise. France
Renato Zero Collection: Rome. Italy
Diocesan Museum. Mantua. Italy.
Umjetnika Museum of Modern Art. Dubrovnick. Croacia


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