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My Apocalypse

Diego Santanelli (Naples, Italy, 1965) started his creative path at a very young age. A self-taugh artist, his career have been based on explorations of several pictorial tecniques. 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 “the spatulas” at the Maninni Gallery, in Naples. Then, in May 2009, he exhibited in Paris at the 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 thermosensitive enamels.

His current collection “Armònia” rappresents the arriving point of a journey started with the series “Apocalypse”, created in 2013 as a result of his explorations with different materials.  Influenced by Pollock’s action painting, the artist evolves in a new dimension which he defines “branching”. The filiform and dripping traets tipical of Pollock’s technique aquire new personality, they enved variously on large quantities of matter and form a rich cromatique tissue in which the elements seem to have a soul. The canvas is covered with several layers of painting, emulsions, enamels 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 the complex architecure in which materials overlap in an energising branching.over the canvas surface. The result are riches and robusts elaborated that recall mystical landscapes like in a supernatural esperience.

 

The apocalypse is a happy ending

From the ancient greek Apò-kalyptein, that means

“ take off the veil”, so revelation, the prophecy

about the humanity destiny written by the Apostle

John isn’t just a catastrophe, but energy that gives

off from the negative to create the positive; it’s

an individual way of temporal purification that

brings to the light in the Celestial Jerusalem, that’s

the perfect human friendly city in the eternal  alliance with god   

                                                  

These series have been defined as “Apocalypse” and "Armònia" 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 insecurity 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 imprissoned into a dimension to which I didn’t belong to. 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, like harmony. 

Santanelli lived and worked in Paris for several years. He exhibited at the Chavals de Sable (June 2009), the Grand Palais (November 2010); the Hippopotamus (December 2010)––where he was guest artist at the Wilson Balda Show. Additionally he exhibited at Maison de Van Gogh Museum (Auvers-sur-Oise) in February 2010; as well as at Galerie de Medicis and at the Circle Jobart Barjot, in March 2010. While in Paris, he exhibited in his native country at the Diocesan Museum, in Mantua (December 2009); at the Chartreuse, in Capri (June 2009); at Castel dell’ Ovo, in Naples (January 2010), at the Saloon of the Congress, in Portocervo (May 2010); at Museo delle Catacombe, in San Genaro, Naples on the occasion of the 150th anniversari of the unification of Italy. He also exhibited at the Museum Saint Rita (September, 2011); the Pirelli skyscraper, in Milan on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile (November, 2011); at ArteFiera, in Bologna (January 2012); at the Ducal Palace of Ferrara (March 2013); the Castel of Saint George, in Mantua (October, 2014); Posillipo Theatre, Naples (March 2015); the Palazzo Ceriana-Mayneri, in Turin (June 2015).   

Santanelli’s works have also been exhibited at such international venues around the world as the International Art Centre of Dubai (April 2010); Sao Paulo International Art Fair (April 2011); the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (June 2012); the Museum of Modern Art, in Dubrovnick (September 2013); the Deichtorhallen, in Hamburg (November 2013); Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center, Vienna (March 2014), Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach (January 2016), Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton (March 2016), Canale Diaz Artcenter, Miami (Aprile 2016), Art Miami Context Miami Basel ArtWeek ( November 2016), New York Scope New York (March 2017), Boca Raton Art Boca Raton (March 2017) 

His works are part of private and institutional collections in Paris (Espace Pierre Cardin), Milan (Mario Valentino collection), Museum Maison Van Gogh (Auvers-sur-Ois, France), Renato Zero collection (Rome), Museo Diocesano (Mantua), Umjetnika Museum of Modern Art (Dubrovnick), and also in private collections in Dubai, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, Dublin, London, Jerusalem and Beijing.

 His work was auctioned at Pandolfini (Florence) in 2010.

He has been featured in such European publications as Flash Art, Radio Antena Uno, Corriere del mezzogiorno, La Repubblica, Il Mattino, Napoli Flash 24, Il SudOnline, Tiscali, The Travel News, France Soir, Diario Partenopeo, Chiaia Magazine, Il Velino Campania, Il Roma, Il Denaro, Il Messaggero, among others.

Diego Santanelli lives and works in Miami Beach, FL.