WHO AM I ? BY PROF ANTONIO SATTA
I have known Anna Napoli for over 30 years. Originally from Sicily, I met her through a very good friend of mine. I was immediately struck by her sunny personality, she was communicative, an extrovert, a pleasant and intriguing conversationalist, the expression in her doe-like eyes could be sweet and gentle but also restless and scrutinizing. A friendship started.It is difficult for me to say who Anna is. Save for a brief period of time during which we worked together, our meetings have been few and far between. I can only try to describe a specific characteristic of her personality which I think is revealing of her deepest nature.This radiant girl who put all her insular stubbornness and determination into creating a profession for herself and pursuing an original and relentless activity that lead her to meet people from all over the world and from all walks of life, managed to surprise me every time we met. Although she appeared to me as successful, as having achieved her goals, she was always intent on improving herself by reading, studying, learning from others, analysing, as if something inside her propelled her towards new challenges with a feeling that, what appeared to me as comfortable certainty, was in fact to her an unstable, uncertain, temporary platform.I still remember our long conversations before a rich salad and a good glass of red wine. She expressed a continuous desire to analyse and improve herself, a natural need to seek answers, an innate inclination towards introspection and the understanding of others, the problems of life, of being and of reality.The study of mythology, of religions, of the extra-sensorial, of astrology, of alternative medicine and of biological nourishment, the research, the need to seek the guidance of those she felt she could learn from, were, in her view, the only alternative to an inner rambling, an effort towards the acquisition of new techniques and skills through new means of expression were for her far more than a temporary interest but rather the reflection of a continuous research, of a need to attain a more gratifying, more deeply rooted inner balance.Even during bitter and hostile times when she appeared to be collapsing, she would climb back up when you least expected her to, as if she had allowed herself to fall only to find a solid substrate on which to bounce back with newly found energy and creativity. I always wonder where she finds such vitality, how she succeeds in creating these multiple images of herself. I can only attempt to give an explanation: her vision of the world. To Anna there is no fracture between the physical world and existence, between natural reality and psychic reality. On the contrary, to her they are deeply connected, they are the two faces of the same medal: a holistic world able to show us the past, the present and the future and where any distinction between animate and inanimate is inadequate. Every "thing" encloses life, a universe: it is the entire universe.Anna has long been seeking traces. In her passion for painting which she has been cultivating with relentless enthusiasm for a long time, in the lines and shapes, even in apparently insignificant things, in the colour shades and tones I can see the research of those traces that render the objective subjective, that transform the physical into psychic.
I INTRODUCE MYSELF
Welcome to my home page of my official website.
Iam going to introduce myself to you so that you can get to know me a little bit.
I was born in Castel di Lucio, an ancient Norman town in the Nebrodi Mountains of Sicily where I spent my early childhood.
I studied foreign languages and cultures in Florence, Milan (Italy), Stamford (England) and Zurich (Switzerland).
I attended drawing classes for 5 years with the sculptress, Mary Ann Lucchetti in her Art Studio in Florence. Regarding the painting techniques I am completely self-taught.
I began my artistic career, officially, in the 90's taking part in numerous national and international painting competitions, with numerous awards and mentions by the critics and press. All awards, mentions, reviews received are all in my biography page.
I have been exhibiting in various group and one-man shows in Italy and abroad.
Currently I am living in Montespertoli (Florence Tuscany) as well as in specific period of the year in my parent's house in Sicily.
I am a contemporary artist, I work both in a formal and informal expression.
I love all sort of mediums, every medium allows me to express in a different way. I work with soft pastels on paper, oil and acrylic on canvas, mixed media on wood panels.
I first started painting with soft pastels and I thought pastel painting was really great and for me is still great. I really had good time to paint with pastels. It was a very interesting experience. I began using pastels because they allowed me to express myself in a very simple and genuine way. Pastels have enabled me to lend expression in a more agile, faster, luminous manner, linked more to the emotive nature of the thing that the material reproduction of the object. This as I said at first step.
After a few years I began to work with acrylic and I enjoyed it very much.
I have developed during the years a special acrylic technique giving me the chance to formulate new transparencies of colors, creating the matter of the objects through various layers of pigments, enabling me to achieve vibrant effects.
After acrylic I came across the oil painting.
I have been painting with oil medium now for 8 years.
I have many reasons why I take up this enjoyable art technique. At the beginning I was daunting but at the end I have been conquered by oil. I feel this medium has something mysterious, has a tactile pleasure, has a buttery consistency, has a distinct scent and it has sensors delight.
At the beginning my art was inspired by my native region Sicily (could be the sea, a fishing boat, a beach, an old olive tree, the people), ...........by my environment where I live in Tuscany (landscapes, study of old masters of the Renaissance), or simply what was in my garden (flowers, fruits, vegetables), or even just what was on the kitchen table (still life).
In the last years, I have been involving and inspiring by a new pictural psychological language which I express in a different way both as regard content and form.
I have been using old materials and old techniques in a contemporary design approach.
As well as being an artist, I also interested in lots of other things.
So, that's just a little bit of information about me but I am also interested in you, your opinions, your questions as well, so if you have any questions for me, my art, my paintings you can email me.
I hope to have a chance for to tell me what you think about my art.
So, if you want to email me you can write to this address
I will be very glad to hear from you.
Thank you for your interest in my art.
Anna Napoli was born in Castel di Lucio, an ancient Norman town in the Nebrodi mountains of Sicily where she spent her early childhood. She studied foreign languages and cultures in Florence, Milano, Stamford (Lincolnshire) and Zurich, at the same time cultivating a passion for artistic expression, especially drawing, pastels and acrylics.
She has taken part in national and international painting competitions, with numerous awards and mentions by the critics, and has also exhibited in various group and one-man shows.
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