March 5, 2013 § Leave a comment
Everybody knows that Italy and art go hand-in-hand. From the Roman arches to Leonardo da Vinci, Italian history has produced hundreds of classical artists and architectural wonders, and their influence on cultural development is undisputed.
I, however, am more interested in the modern Italian artists; from street performers to painters that are still producing artwork today. I find it interesting to see the traditional techniques of ancient art styles overlap with modern twists, methods, and materials.
Today, let’s raise a glass of wine (or, rather, in my case, sparkling water) to Gianni Strino:
Born in Naples in 1953, Strino graduated top-of-class from a professional art school and taught both art and art history until demand for his pieces allowed him to focus on painting full-time. He has plenty of pieces devoted to the beauty of smooth-skinned, bare-backed ladies, but I really appreciate his depiction of the elderly; mostly portraits, but a few scenes as well.
Okay, so it’s not all that modern-looking, but… it’s a starting platform to my Awesome Italian Artists That Are Still Alive series.
If you know of any current Italian artists worth researching, please share!