It has often been said that Italy is an open air museum where you find yourself surrounded by masterpieces of art and architecture around every corner. Sometimes you walk into a monumental building or church, sometimes a sculpture or fountain, sometimes a hidden garden or portico of arches that lead to palaces and villas that you find hard to believe and sometimes you walk around the corner to find a little shop that has a particular surprise least expected. That is how I found the studio/atelier of artist Samuele Calosi on Via della Sapienza, 17 in Siena. Studying Set Design (Theatre) at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence his artistic influences included the costumes, the masks and the designs of the stage and the emotions portrayed by the actors. The same doubts, fears, joys, anxieties, enjoyment, suffering, delights, demons, pleasures and pains we all experience in life.
Inspired by medieval miniatures, Samuele Calosi captures scenes and moments of a way of life that can be linked back to his studies in Florence and the rural Italian countryside of his grandparents, designing a screenplay of life. Using classically designed pens with delicate tips (0.1 and 0.2) an ink and "dot" technique employed to create strong tonal contrasts of dark and light. Themes are of simple but noble stories; the story of humble yet significant work in its ritual repetition. Themes are of simple but noble stories; the story of humble yet significant work in its ritual repetition. His signature characters have disproportionate, bigger hands and feet to emphasize the main "tools" of hard work in the countryside.
Take time to explore the scenes behind the corners in Italy, you might be surprised at what you might find.