Friday, November 11, 2011

The Work of Fabio Napoleoni

Since I'm clearly in an artsy mood I thought I would share another one of my favorite artists with you - Fabio Napoleoni. I discovered him a few years back when I stopped in an art gallery in Florida and saw this...
Your Presence is Required
It grabbed my attention and sucked me in. I just kept staring at it. I was so drawn to this beautiful, sad, yet deeply touching piece of art, that I couldn't pull myself away. It moved me in a way I was completely unprepared for.

When I got home I researched the artist and found that he had started this particular set of work when his second daughter was born with serious heart problems and had to undergo major surgeries. He was so deeply distraught during this time that it was like the door to what he was missing in his work had suddenly blown open revealing to him what he needed, what element was missing.

The main character in his work, the funny little stitched together creature that you see, if I remember correctly, is actually his daughters doll. The good news - his daughter is going strong.

The truth is I haven't been the same since that day in the gallery. I know that sounds dramatic, and maybe you need to be up close and personal with one of these to feel the story it's telling, but it did make an impact on me. I actually think about his work often. I bought a small replicated piece of his work that day, Hope is Free, and actually do hope one day to own an original of his. It's on my bucket list anyway. I hope all of you get to see one up close and personal at some point too. It's worth it. It's life changing.

Please Fill the Emptiness
The Love Note

All photos taken from his website,

Who's your favorite artist? I'm always looking for new art interests! Details, please. 

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Anonymous said...

It's true his work is life changing. I haven't been the same since I saw it too it touched me in a way I can't explain. Hope you get an original one day.

Chantelle Says said...

Well thank you, and I wish you the same! And yes, life changing in so many ways.