Featured Artist Irene Raspollini

Italian artist Irene Raspollini paints stylized, distinctive portraits using augmented reality techniques. View more of her work on her website.

 

Stylized portrait of a young woman with sunglasses by Irene Raspollini

“Riviera” Acrylic on Canvas with Augmented Reality, 50cm Diameter

 

As long as I can remember, painting and drawing have been two constant elements in my life. These talents are a family thing and I was lucky enough to have been always encouraged by my fiancé, my parents, and my friends to improve my artistic abilities and express myself through art.

 

Stylized portrait of a black haired woman with rosy cheeks by Irene Raspollini

“Lo spazio dentro” (The space within) Acrylic on Canvas, 40cm x 45cm

 

Nevertheless, I fell victim to the “starving artist” myth and at the beginning I didn’t consider art as a possible career. That’s why I did not attend an art school. I continued to paint as an hobby, but after my graduation in Communication Sciences and various jobs in three different towns, I still felt that something was missing.

 

Stylized portrait of a young man with rosy cheeks by Irene Raspollini

“Paninaro #1” Acrylic on Canvas with Augmented Reality, 40cm x 40cm

 

Thanks to the internet, I began to share my artworks with an international audience. I was able to make my first sales and get into exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Encouraged by this success, I decided to pursue a career as a full-time painter—and here I am!

 

Oval stylized portrait of a young woman with rosy cheeks by Irene Raspollini

“Passeranno questi strali di pubertà” (These darts of puberty would pass) Acrylic on Oval Canvas, 40cm x 50cm

 

As a self-taught artist, my practice evolved a bit randomly at the beginning. As soon as I decided to take my art more seriously, I worked systematically to improve my skills, and above all to find my own style and narrative.

 

Stylized portrait of a young couple playing records and a cat by Irene Raspollini

“Per una nuova consapevolezza estetica” (For a new aesthetic awareness) Acrylic on Canvas with Augmented Reality, 70cm x 70cm

 

In 2012, a rough sketch in black and white of a woman’s face with saturated red cheeks became the embryo of my present signature characters. Over the years, this sketchy style significantly evolved and changed, but the red cheeks and the saturated colours remain a constant feature in my whole production.

 

Stylized portrait of a woman by Irene Raspollini

“Sfitinzia #1” (Paninaro Girl) Acrylic on Canvas with Augmented Reality, 40cm x 40cm

 

I work mainly on paper and canvas. My favourite mediums are acrylics and watercolors, but I’m open to every kind of experimentation. When I was invited to Mexico for my first solo show outside Italy in 2018, I had the chance to learn how to create tile mosaics thanks to Mexican master muralist Cienfuegos. I’m absolutely in love with this technique.

 

Stylized painting of feet by Irene Raspollini

“The ground beneath” Acrylic on Canvas, 35cm x 25cm

 

My characters are often surrounded by natural elements. Living in a small village lost in the Tuscany woods has probably played a large part in this aspect of my art. Other sources of inspiration are the eighties with its Kitsch movement, with everything playful and colorful with funny aesthetics.

 

Stylized round portrait of a woman with rosy cheeks by Irene Raspollini

“Gorgone Moderna” (Modern Gorgone) Acrylic on Round Canvas with Augmented Reality, 50cm Diameter

 

Recently, inspired by fellow artist Roberto Grosso, I introduced augmented reality into some of my works. Thanks to an app for mobile devices, it is possible to make paintings appear to come alive. It was really a pleasure to see the audience’s reaction when I presented these works in London! I’m pretty sure that this technology will be used more in the art world in the near future.

 

Stylized portrait of a young man in a suit with rosy cheeks by Irene Raspollini

“Yuppie #1” Acrylic on Canvas with Augmented Reality, 40cm x 40cm

 

I’m humbled and glad to have exhibited my art in eight countries around the world. At the moment, this includes China, Taiwan, the United States and Mexico. I love that my rosy-cheeked characters have been purchased and loved by collectors worldwide.

 

Artist Irene Raspollini in front of one of her tile murals

Artist Irene Raspollini in front of one of her tile murals

 

I really cannot wait to begin the next adventure.

 

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