“I’m transparent, I want to see beyond what I’m looking at.”
Samanta Malavasi was born in Carpi (MO), Italy.
She lives and works between Italy/Germany.
In 1996 she obtained her High School Diploma at the State Institute for Art “A. Venturi” in Modena with a specialization in Ceramics.
She graduated in 2001 with a Master Degree in Painting chair of Professor Franco Marrocco.
Since 2009 she has obtained many certifications in various courses of illustration and writing for publishing and she graduated as Atelierista at: “Reggio Children” in Reggio, Emilia Romagna, Italy.
Illustrator returned visual artist, Samanta Malavasi in 2015 after having published many books of illustration throughout Europe as a writer and illustrator, she returned to painting and installation in different form and ways.
Samanta’s career began as a sperimental illustrator in Europe extended editorial scene. Samanta was featured in the book: “Italian Illustrators Annual 2013” published in 2013. Having studied editorial illustration at the illustrations courses in Italy and German, Samanta’s style, initially heavily illustrative, has evolved into something far more abstracted and expressive; there is maturity and depth to his use of mark and colour which he uses to describe the umanty world.
Samanta said: “A love of people has been the biggest influence on my work, more and more nowadays.”
These references to umanity imagery with more emphasis on gesture and spatulated, combined with a strong focus on colour and its emotional function, is strongly reminiscent of the German Expressionism movement. Samanta is also influenced by artists such as: Zaha Hadid, Carla Accardi, Vivienne Westwood, Joan Mitchell, Yayoi Kusama. Samanta however does not want to be defined, cataloged or chained to a style that is figurative or
abstract, she would like her work to be free from patterns, from time and from the judgment of
the viewer, she would like to have the freedom to change her creative process and go beyond
the pre defined schemes, as she has always done in her life.
Her language is the result of a constant search for new materials, such as: plastic, PVC,
transparent plexiglass and vibrant colors.
The color together with the marks are the essential components of her art that start from an
anthropological research of the ego, going beyond the support that forces her into
two-dimensionality involving the surrounding environment. Using the transparency of materials,
in this way her work changes while remaining continuous in its language .
The fullness and emptiness that is created in her work allows us to dwell initially on the fullness,
then instinctively the gaze goes beyond to rest on the Emptiness, as a spacing of thought of the
mind without necessarily understanding what is in that fullness. The stark and bare markings
are sometimes concentrated on semi-abstract figures, which emanate a sense of loneliness and
isolation that allows her to focus on the vitality of the figure, be it human, animal or other, a new
language that has allowed her to combine the principles of abstraction with those of realism.
Also philosophically the work allows her to “Go beyond the appearance”, a leitmotif that will
often recur on her path.
To understand Samanta’s painting we must look beyond what we see in front of us, whether
figurative or abstract, read between the lines of transparency to discover what lies beyond the