wildlife artist

I'm a painter.

I'm an artist.

Every artist has a Muse.

Mine has a double face.

One is Animals.

The other is Africa...

Me

Africa

 

The wild continent, "animal" par excellence,

the one in which my childhood dreams met the adult's maturity

and where they suddenly came true,

seduced me completely. 

Falling victim of Africa sickness I felt the strong desire to tell it,

to reveal it in order to let everybody know, love and respect, 

and with it also the fragile beauty of its inhabitants,

so precarious and subject to the whims 

and to many false human needs.

 

That's why all my subjects are African Animals.

 

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Portraits

 

My creatures, my animals are important subjects.

They are so important because we have to recognize that they are really sensitive beings, 

as inhabitants of the world, that's not only ours. 

So I wanted to transfer this value also to my work.

Ultimately they are true, real portraits. 

My desire is to convey beauty and solemnity.I would like that the hair in my portraits

ask the hands to touch or caress them, that their same eyes catch the eye of the observer,

that elephant's tusks frighten or the light that hits them from the side suggests the feeling of the moment.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

Man is decreeing the end of his brothers animals.

The urgency to act is clear.

I believe that this can be done in many different ways, with direct action, by force, with education.

I try to use art as a means to stir the consciences of men to the little I can do.

Through the story of the beauty of the animals, creating intense portraits, where I try to convey their soul,

their intensity and dignity, I hope to help them survive.

My creatures

 

I always felt closer to animals than humans.

I think animals are the true life, are the essence of life itself,

cleansed of everything superfluous.

Somewhat more evolved than man, pure.

This is why I could never understand how man can hurt them,

can consider them as objects to be used, stripped of all feeling, joy and pain.

 

And this is the reason why I paint them.

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Portraits

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The right side of beauty oil on canvas 135x100 cm

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Looking after Serengeti's strom oil on canvas 160x90 cm

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me oil on canvas 110x135 cm

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the light behind leopard oil on canvas 135x110 cm

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Furaha ( joy in swaily) oil on wood 100x100 cm

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Gabri'El oil on wood 100x100 cm

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Micha'El oil on wood 100x100 cm

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Rafa'El oil on wood 100x100 cm

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sword of the desert oil on board 80x80 cm

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crown of the bush oil on board 80x80 cm

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sunrise on the king oil on board 100x100

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the zebra bow oil on board 80x80 cm

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the giraffe turn oil on board 80x80 cm

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lady in black & white/1 oil on canvas 40x40

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lady in black & white/2 oil on canvas 40x40

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lady in black & white/3 oil on canvas 40x40

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lady in black & white/4 oil on canvas 40x40

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the warrior oil on board 80x80 cm

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the prince oil on board 80x80 cm

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the king oil on board 80x80 cm

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the emperor oil on board 80x80 cm

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the fighter oil on board 80x80 cm

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zebra's eye oil on canvas 40x40 cm

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leopard's eyes oil on board 80x80 cm

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giraffe study Little Postcard for charity oil on paper 20x10 cm

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zebra in light oil on canvas 40x40

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curiosity oil on canvas 42x72

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Portraits - vanishing serie

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fading giant / 1 oil on canvas 135x110 overall winner at Wildlife Artis Of the Year 2016

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fading giant / 2 oil on canvas 80x120

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Portraits - horses

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white Arabian oil on canvas 60x60 cm

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golden hooves oil on canvas 120x80 cm

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Wildlife in Landscape

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waiting on the tree oil on canvas 80x80 cm

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appearance on the delta oil on canvas 100x100

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Big arms of Ruaha oil on canvas 60x60 cm

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lord of the dunes oil on canvas 100x100

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sunset on nxabega oil on canvas 100x100

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don't fly away oil on canvas 100x100

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giraffe study oil on canvas 60x60 cm

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springboks in etosha sky oil on canvas 30x30 cm

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Kalahari strike oil on canvas 160x40 cm

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africa in the mist/1 oil on canvas 80x40 cm

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africa in the mist/2 oil on canvas 40x40

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africa in the mist / 3 oil on canvas 30x30 cm

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shyness oil on canvas 100x80

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Victoria falls gold oil on canvas 30x30

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springbok in damaraland oil on canvas 30x30

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hunting at dawn oil on canvas 30x30

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rhino in ngorongoro oil on canvas 30x30

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Birds

Nothing can surpass the beauty of the plumage of birds. 

This is what I care about these animals, the reflections of the feathers, the iridescent colors,

the beauty of the bearing.

Besides the fact that, by nature, their compete with the biggest man's dream  ... to fly ...

 

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red plumage oil on canvas 50x50

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white e blu plumage
white e blu plumage

oil on canvas 50x50

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black plumage
black plumage

oil on canvas 50x50

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gray lilac plumage oil on canvas 40x40 cm

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desert dream oil on canvas 80x120 cm

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blu and gold fly
blu and gold fly

oil on canvas 100x100 cm

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pink plumage
pink plumage

oil on canvas 30 x 30 cm

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white plumage
white plumage

oil on wood 125x70

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cats e dogs

The fascination of this wild creatures is largely maintained if we talkabout house pets, too. 

Even without the seduction that surroundsa life of freedom, conquest,

hardness and adhesion to perfect themselves, 

they conquer us with something else, that is very close, familiar,made of small everyday gestures. 

Their looks of tenderness, moments of affection, vibrating purr, their wet snouts on our knees. 

They are also the unforgettable eyes of the creatures that live with

usevery morning and every evening; 

those who love us above all andevery night after a hard day, tah t is not always a perfect one,

they comfort and cheer up, warm nestling close to us.

 

And my work...wants to make the due homage, deserved and too often unrecognized,

from the man to his brothers.

 

Dedicated to my life companions: Torakiki, Semola and Olivia.

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your eyes on mine oil on canvas 80x80

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olivia acrylic on canvas 40x40

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semola acrylic on canvas 40x40

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maggie oil on canvas 150x100

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exibithions

award

&

2015 November 14-December 13- Paris
39e Salon National des Artistes Animaliers

Bry-sur-Marne - Hôtel de Malestroit

 

 
2015 November 6-December 6- Singapore
Wildlife Art

Mandala Gallery 

 
2015 October 10 -December 31- Amsterdam
Natuurlijk Natuur

Staphorsius Gallery 

 
2015 July to September - Tuscany
Galleria 33

Pietrasanta - Lucca -Tuscany

 
2015 June 29-July 7 - London - Mall Galleries
Wildlife Artist of the year 2015

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

 
2015 June 5  Milan
Oasis Milano 2015

Frigoriferi Milanesi 

 
2015 July 5 -August 10 - Milan
Wildlife Art Italy

MUVI - Art & Wild

 
2015 February 27 .... - Moscow
Golden Turtle

Museum of Moscow

 
2015 February 5 -March 10 - Milan
StyleandSpirit

MUVI - Art & Wild

 
2014 December 5 -2015 January 11 - Genova
ARTIST4RHINO 
Museo di Storia Naturale
 
2014 October 31 -November 30 - Milan
ARTeNATURA - mammiferi

Michele Vitaloni Studio&GAllery

 
2014 July 20 - Cape Town
Mandela/Rhodes Art Gallery

Cape Town Soth Africa

 
2014 July 5-12 - Garda Lake
My Africa - The call of the wild

Tignale - BS

 
2014 June 2-7 - London - Mall Galleries
Wildlife Artist of the year 2014

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

 
2014 March 20-30 - Milan
Step Art Fair

Fabbrica del Vapore - Mi

 
2013 June 16 - Milan
Animali...amo

Cascina Grande di Rozzano - Mi

 
2013 June 3-8 - London - Mall Galleries
Wildlife Artist of the year 2013

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

 

2013 April 10 - Milan
Personal "Creatures"

Portrait from the Africa wilderness.

 

 

 

2013
2014
2015

WINNER category "WILDLIFE"

WINNER "PEOPLE'S CHOICE"

WINNER  

"BEST ARTWOR 2015"

GUEST ARTIST

2016 May - Italy
La strada di mattoni gialli - Galleria 33

Arezzo

2016 June 10-12 - France
Festival Coeur de France

Ainay le Vieil  

 
2016 June 27 - July 4 - London - Mall Galleries
Wildlife Artist of the year 2016

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

2017 June 28 - July 2 - London - Mall Galleries
Wildlife Artist of the year 2017

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

2017 June  - September - Forte dei Marmi - LU -
Sulla via del ritorno

personale a cura di Francesco Mutti

Il Forte Arte

2016

GUEST ARTIST

WINNER

"OVERALL RUNNER UP"

2017

process

The process of realization of one of my portraits is quite complex.

Obviously the first step is the creative part, the choice of the subject and the feeling that conveys.

When I start my research, I think back about the moments spent with the company of the animals

I want to portray and I look for that emotion inside of me. 

Then I analyze the material I collect during my travels with the help of books and web too.

I wait while I observe the images that a flash, a spark.

 

At this point begins the part of realization that has an average of four main phases, sometimes with a fifth finishing.

After the choice of the support, I start to draw and I paint a first flat pattern

of color without shades, during which I trace the dark and the light areas.

 

The second phase is the one that gives body to the subject, where I paint masses, volumes or even part of the hair and skin,

trying to be already precise but without going into too much details.

This is a very laborious and fundamental part of the success of an art work. Then if it’s an oil painting, it has to dry.

 

 In the third phase I check every part of the canvas, Iwork again on the part already realized and I trace more precisely the details.

To paint this way allows the picture to be really rich, especially in the hair.

 

The fourth step, always when the picture is dry , more and more precise, repeats the same process, giving the final appearance to the elements,

like lights and add the final touches like eyelashes and whiskers.

A portrait 80x80 takes about a month of actual work, ignoring the time

required for drying between the stages.

 

setting

PEOPLE'S

CHOICHE

WIDLIFE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

2014

WINNER

PEOPLE'S CHOICHE PRIZE

WILDLIFE

WIDLIFE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

2014

WINNER

"WILDLIFE" CATEGORY

GUEST

ARTIST

WIDLIFE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

2015

 GUEST

ARTIST

BEST

ARTWORK

MANDALA GALLERY SINGAPORE

2015

WINNER

BEST ARTWORK 2015

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