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DARIO ANZA’ PORTRAITS & ARIAROSSO PROJECT


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portrAits

...when different moods coexist. My first portraits take form in 2003, from the connections between photo shoots and Digital Image Processing using in the planning stage graphic softwares resources in order to achieve a personal pictorial output. My intention is to make visible that atmosphere which is hardly perceptible underneath the surface of reality but which sometimes pervades our everyday reality. 3


ANNA AND ISABELLA technique Oil on canvas EQUIPMENT Brushes, oil colors size 28,3 x 43,3 in date 2006

This portrait articulates the deep bond between mother and daughter. They hold each other, in need; together they form a single figure, a symbol of life. Anna as an elongated shape to protect and care for her daughter, while Isabella appears collected inside the mother. 4


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SELFPORTRAIT technique Oil on canvas EQUIPMENT Brushes, oil colors size 28,3 x 47,2 in DATE 2006

This work represents the beginning of Anzà’s artistic career. It presents the state of meditation and the creative moment that follows. His profile is in deformed shape, tapering at the center while the head swings back and forth. It represents thought through an hourglass or a sphinx—the juxtaposition of time and myth. 6


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GUIDO technique Oil on canvas EQUIPMENT Brushes, oil colors SIZE 28,3 x 47,2 in DATE 2006

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UNTITLED technique Oil on canvas EQUIPMENT Brushes, oil colors SIZE 35,4 x 47,2 in DATE 2006

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ANNA technique Oil on canvas EQUIPMENT Brushes, oil colors SIZE 26,4 x 35,4 in DATE 2007

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PAMELA technique Oil on canvas EQUIPMENT Brushes, oil colors SIZE 33,1 x 37,8 in DATE 2007

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ANNA AND THE KITCHEN technique Oil on canvas EQUIPMENT Brushes, oil colors SIZE 35,4 x 34,2 in DATE 2008

This picture belongs to a series of portraits executed with more realist qualities. Any time of day, the actions we perform, even the mundane tasks, can be significant. The woman pictured is Anzà’s mother, paused in the moment after she washes the lunch plates. The portrait does not reflect a special occasion, but simply a home environment and the actions over the years that become routine. 16


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ARIAROSSO PROJECT

...In the absence of physical places my imagination creates its own space. During the summer of 2001 I defined a great number of sketches traced instinctively giving full reign to the unsconscious and to imagination. Revisited in 2010, enhanced through new digital revisions and readapted for artistic supports, these drawings give life to the project Ariarosso. Each figure is the synthesis of a single memory, interweaving in new contexts, in the same way as the word itself acquires different meanings, these images give life to a visual diary, a project called Ariarosso. 19


SEVEN SERIES technique Watercolor EQUIPMENT Brushes, watercolors, acrylic SIZE 11,4 x 14,5 in DATE 2011

“Series Seven & Series Five”

Both series show two main characters—brothers—who symbolize the dualism in Anzà’s Project Ariarosso. The brothers are similar but not identical, and the imagery reflects the range of thoughts and images retrieved from memory and childhood consciousness.. Inside Ariarosso Project, an open search in constant evolution of painting, graphics and illustration, the Seven series represents the point of origin, the moment I laid down the conceptual and aesthetic criteria that would guide my path. 20


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FIVE SERIES technique Watercolor EQUIPMENT Brushes, watercolors, acrylic DATE 2011/12

“Series Seven & Series Five”

Both series show two main characters—brothers—who symbolize the dualism in Anzà’s Project Ariarosso. The brothers are similar but not identical, and the imagery reflects the range of thoughts and images retrieved from memory and childhood consciousness.. The soft lines that defined the subjects of the series “Seven” leave here the way to a more melancholic and introspective atmosphere. 24


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SERIES APRIL 16th technique Watercolor EQUIPMENT Brushes, watercolors, acrylic SIZE 14,5 x 11,4 in DATE 2011

April 16 is a series of five works that arise from a common inspiration, but which differ in the choice of colors and details. The frame, an integral part of the original design and decorated with acrylic paint, is the common thread between each work, recalling all those symbols that recur in my work. 30


April 16th #01

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April 16th #03

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April 16th #03

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SERIES APRIL 17th technique Watercolor EQUIPMENT Brushes, watercolors, acrylic SIZE 14,5 x 11,4 in DATE 2011

April 17 is a variation on the previous April 16. In this series consists of 3 works I give over more attention to the plastic sense of the elements represented, with irony combining imagination and reality. 34


April 17th #03

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April 17th #01

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April 17th #02

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SERIES 01.35 pm technique Acrylic EQUIPMENT Brushes, acrylic DATE 2012

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01.35 pm #03, Acrylic. 31,5 x 17,7 in. 2012

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01.35 pm #04, Acrylic. 31,5 x 17,7 in. 2012

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01.35 pm #05, Acrylic. 31,5 x 17,7 in. 2012

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01.35 pm #02, Watercolour. 14,5 x 11,4 in. 2011

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01.35 pm #01, Watercolour. 14,5 x 11,4 in. 2011

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SERIES A DAY AT CIRCUS technique Acrylic EQUIPMENT Brushes, acrylic DATE 2012

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A DAY AT CIRCUS #01, Acrylic. 31,1 x 15,7 in. 2012

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A DAY AT CIRCUS #02, Acrylic. 22,8 x 16,5 in. 2012

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A DAY AT CIRCUS #01, Acrylic. 20 x 26,7 in. 2012 47


SERIES BEHIND THE WINDOW technique Acrylic EQUIPMENT Brushes, acrylic DATE 2012

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BEHIND THE WINDOW #01, Acrylic. 20 x 26,7 in. 2012 49


bio & CONTActs

Dario Anza is a Sicilian painter c on to study painting at the Acade After graduating in 2001, Anza pu and even candle-making. But it w That year marked the creation of

The fusion of painting and digital first appeared in Anza’s paintings to paint from his own photograph Since then, Anza’s interest in sy project, “Ariarosso.” Anza’s “Ariarosso” series melds m composition before he sets to p canvases portray an unnerving p Anza has called them a “visual di

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currently based in Palermo. Born in 1980 and raised in the Sicilian capital, Anza went emy of Fine Arts of St. Abadir Martino delle Scale. ursued his varied artistic interests, making forays into set design, tombstone restoration, was in 2006 that Anza fully committed himself to painting. f his first major work, Selfportrait.

l art has been a continuous and distinguishing theme of Anza’s work. A digital process s in his 2006-2008 portrait series in oil. Instead of painting from life, the artist chose hs. ynthesizing painting and digital art has found its strongest iteration in his newest

memory with fantasy. Using design software, Anza finds freedom to experiment with painting his distinctive colorful characters. Though deceivingly simple, these small psychological depth. iary� of his childhood.

phone e-mail website

+39 388 939 72 31 anza.dario@gmail.com www.darioanza.it

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