Profound, inspired, dreamer. Class 1973, Samanta Malavasi , gets a degree in painting at Accademia of fine arts in Bologna, and starts working in publishing industry as an author and an illustrator of children books, covers, non-fiction and fashion for publisher in France, Morocco, Italy, India, winning many awards. But her first love is always painting, to which she come back professionally in the last years.
There is a sense of emotion in Samanta Malavasi, who explores, thank to her job, people’s psychology through the faces in the world.
It is not a case that she has chosen to use Plexiglass for her works, a transparent, impalpable, crystalline material that allows her to go over the single face to embrace through its transparency all the characters that she has painted.
Inspired by people, colours, cities and fashion, Malavasi has a natural connection with the present society and its contemporary inhabitants.
Her modern hand is an assembly of nature and artifice, texture and colour, graphic art and painting. It connotes the characters and the personalities of its inhabitants.
Known for her bright colours in geometrical shapes, Samanta Malavasi distills the emotion of painting of the graphic art by creating abstract, geometrical compositions, with a brave and very personal vision in the portraits, a collage of graphic arts and the physical mark of acrylic.
The unconventional portraits of Samanta, a mix of digital shapes pervaded by the bursting strength of acrylic, are realized in transparent plexiglass, allowing to appreciate the painting from every spatial perspective, just as the real personality of the subjects; looking over the threshold that separate the appearances from the reality, brings out their real identity.
Malavasi chose a modern, transparent, versatile support as plexiglass, that allows a double reading of the works: on one side the appearance of the digital reproduction and on the other side the manual intervention, to define the right trait to the meaning of the images.
2001 – July: Art Expo, collective art exposition. Installation: “Between Nature and Artifice”, exhibition of art, Sassuolo, Modena, Italy.
2013 – April: Prize Italian Illustrators Annual, Venice 2013, Italy
2015 – May: project “8 boxes for 8 artists” for Podere Francesco Winery, group exhibition, European Photography in Reggio Emila, Italy.
2016 – September: ”Vedere Oltre” solo exhibition, Pienza, Fabbriceria della Cattedrale, Tuscany, Italy
2016 – October – “Art Project”, group exhibition “Mentana Gallery” Florence, Tuscany , Italy.
2017 – January – “Sign, Action, Matter” group exhibition, Merlino Art Gallery, Tuscany, Italy.