Starting from the algorithms, he combines “art, science and technology.” Sanchez contrasts and combines two streams: the Op and the Digital Art.
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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.
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