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Marco Raparelli, the Italian artist who ironizes about contemporary art

Marco Raparelli is a visual artist, video maker and works with drawing, video and installation. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, video animation at Loughborough College of Art (UK) and painting at Accademie de Beaux Art, Brussels, lives and works in Rome.

The artist’s roots lie in the black and white illustrations of comic books. Using a highly personal and original approach, he creates an apparently ironic communicative language that is undoubtedly effective for exploring various aspects of the surrounding world, including the art world, thanks to his insightful view of society. Drawing is a crucial feature of Raparelli’s work although he avoids any tendency for decoration to predominate. The figures in his works seem to be taken by surprise, unveiled in bizarre poses or in ordinary scenes of everyday life; this portrayal of humanity is universally recognisable and lacks elitist exclusions, enabling everyone to recognise themselves in one of these strange, awkward figures. Employing a ruthless, formal synthesis, the artist recounts what it means to be human without any intention of offering a critique. He provides an eloquent and universal illustration of humanity which, despite being in a constant state of change, will remain timeless in certain ways.

Text and images: © http://www.marcoraparelli.com/

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