In a world of strong colours, with clear-cut distinctions, shading is a rare occurrence: light and dark, attention to detail, the way in which one colour can become another while still being itself. «I believe that chromatic modulation was the first thing I did. I don’t even remember how, I only have this image of myself, locked into a drawing, reproducing works with “shading” – a naïf term for this practice, but I like it just because it makes me think of my childhood».
Alessio Fratini does not even remember a day in his life when he hasn’t drawn. That is why he decided to follow his talent and, after artistic high school, he attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, improving his techniques and experimenting new forms of art. He tells me that he has gone through painting, ceramics, engraving, painting on fabric, before returning exactly to the point he started from: drawing – with which he has won competitions and found contacts with a gallery in London.
Mainly on paper and card, Alessio’s works are figurative drawings created with pencils and crayons and inspired by novels, fairytales and Roman statues. The time dedicated to each detail of these unique pieces, that are mostly large in size, is a time when Alessio locks himself away, not only in the drawing but in himself, in an isolation of art and thought that is a large part of him, but not all. His other flair has been developed by being a costume designer for advertising campaigns and decorations on fabric for clients such as La Scala in Milan. This is a part that is the most instinctive and open, one where abstraction gives freedom.
For someone who loves shading so much, it is natural to think of merging and contaminating, chromatically modulating the two different hues of his talent to create “Art-shirts”, t-shirts on which his own drawings are printed, joining together textile and design, with a touch of pop.
The story has been written by Elisa Casseri, writer.
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