Born on 5 April 1973 in Modena, the artist Roberta Diazzi graduated in 1992 from “A. Venturi” Art College, specialising in graphic techniques.
Diazzi is beginning to make an impact as an artist and has collaborated with numerous important national and international galleries, as well as taking part in various fairs in Europe, Asia (Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore) and the United States (Miami, New York). Currently, her work is on display in Saint Petersburg at the State Russian Museum (Russki Muzei) and at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA).
Diazzi’s oil paintings are identified by a sign - a sort of signature which makes her work unique. However, the artist’s hand is truly found in the use of hundreds of thousands of certified Swarovski crystals of different sizes applied to backgrounds which are usually black to heighten the sparkle, light and colours of the crystals. They’re not so much paintings as they are mosaics of light, calibrated and re-cut to bring energy and power to the figures.
As an artist, Diazzi is inspired by postmodernism, linked to the original, comics-derived stylistic revision of Roy Lichtenstein and of the Pop Art of Andy Warhol, who made his portraits a “must” for the VIPs of his time.
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Diazzi’s work has been commissioned by illustrious Italian families, including the Ferrari family, the Montezemolo family and also Luciano Pavarotti himself. For quite a few years, her work has also been sought-after abroad: in the Principality of Monaco, Princess Caroline displays her work “l’oevre pop de Monaco” in her royal study.
Last chronologically but certainly not least, is the portrait of Peng Liyuan, catalogued among the most important works in the private collation of the Chinese First Lady.
Today, Diazzi places some important stars, perilously at risk of being forgotten, alongside the famous faces of the social scene. She can also be defined as a nature painter portraying wild, regal and even ferocious animals peering out directly at the viewer. Prisoners within their frame, they set their sights on us, walk and fly towards us, who stand and watch as we gradually destroy their world. Art is necessity, and the necessity of Roberta Diazzi is to bring their roar or cry to our collective conscience.
That said, this artist from Modena is a thoughtful and eclectic painter: she often paints urban landscapes and vistas, showing signs of globalisation and the mix of artistic cultures typical of contemporary Neo-Pop, and which she, as a dynamic and sensitive artist, fully captures exactly. The result is therefore a picture in which the harmony of contrast combines with the appeal of the artistic style, giving the viewer the privilege of things done aesthetically well.
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