Contemporary Italian artist Raffaele Ariante lives and works in Assisi. He creates in many mediums and so is not an easy artist to cartegorize. His large steel sculpture "onaggio a Francesco" (Tribute to Francis) stands at the entrance to the Holy town of Assisi where it greets tourists and pilgrims alike. Ariante also paints, his series "Cristo 100%" composed of 365 images culled from various sources upon each of which he has painted an image of Christ has toured the world. He creates "Love Bombs" or "Bombe d'amore" which are small painted spheres meant to symbolize bombs and provide a point of meditation for peace. Quite an interesting artist.
In this painting entitled "Figura," Ariante employs a heavy impasto technique contained within a free and meandering organic line which describes the figure and hair of a seated nude. There are flashes of bright color along the graceful lines, with the richly textured impasto fields contained within being largely white with golden shadows.
CONDITION is great with some expected craquelure. Framed in a black wooden frame with a black linen mat and painted white filet. There is a label on the verso from the Giancolo contemporary art gallery in Perugia identifying the artist, title, size, and medium. There is also some faint and illegible writing on the back of the canvas which looks like it was done with a brush in white paint, and a small stamped label - also illegible (please see photographs). Measures 34" x 26 1/4" overall, with the sight size inside the mat and filet measuring 26 3/4" x 19 1/8". Weighs 5 lbs. 12.5 oz.
A striking piece of contemporary art with a playful, modern flair. Simple, sensuous, and sophisticated. Enjoy!