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Carlo RAVAIOLI

Flying ship

Oil and acrylicon camvas / H50x70cm / 2012

Flying ship

Oil and acrylic / H50X70cm / 2012

Dwellings of the philosophers:

“Houses of fishermen”

Oil and acrylic on canvas / H60x80cm / 2013

Bonsai city- year 3.955

Oil and acrylic on canvas / H70x50cm / 2012

Dwellings of the philosophers:
“The origin of the endemic thought”

Oil and acrylic on canvas / H80X80cm / 2013 

Dwellings of the philosophers

Oil and acrylic on canvas / H80x80cm / 2013

ARTIST STATEMENT

It is an ironic interpretation of future towns and all studies about “Smart cities”.  We don’t konw where will end with the maniacal trend to reduce the space where we live. However there is for my part the fascination of creating a impossible landscape.

 

“Dwellings of the philosophers”
this introduce a cycle of painting about the phylosophy (the title is also that of a book written by a modern alchemist). Or better about the thoughts of the philosopher and their written sheets of paper left every where. wondering about the real utility of their thinking

Biography

Carlo Ravaioli

was from a family of sharecroppers, Coccolia, in 1954 on February the 12nd, where he would live until the age of twenty-six. The country is situated on the border between the provinces of Forlì and Ravenna, in a plain in Romagna between the hills and the Adriatic Sea.
It is a fertile and flat countryside: fruit growing, wheat, sugar beets, depending on the demands of the time.
Winters are foggy and rigid, summers are sultry. Besides the farmer’s houses there are stables and manure pits. The big cement tanks for the pulping of hemp, where boys use to bathe when the weather is hot. The families of three brothers live together in the same house, and they use to meet for meals in the kitchen on the ground floor and share the rooms and their work in the fields and with animals.
Suffering because of his frail constitution and being subject to a strict Catholic upbringing, Carlo spent most of his childhood together with his cousins who live in the same house. In the summer months the territory of the games is as extensive as the land rented to his father and uncles, where he is allowed to move freely. There are twelve acres bordered by three rivers, the river Ronco and two irrigation canals. Inside this large triangle, children can run, play, explore, climb trees. In the winter months their only hobbies are the fireplace and television at the Oratory. Charles, however, begins since childhood to show interest and skill for drawing, and more generally for small manual tasks. He models the clay, reproduces on paper the most evident elements of the landscape around him: the house, the trees, the river, carving small pieces of wood. When he was six he made his first oil painting. Later he procured the pieces and built a radio. Over time his room, only separated from the corridor by a heavy curtain, becomes a small workshop. His parents would like him to be a professional, a doctor or a lawyer; they refused artistic schools. So, after middle school, Carlo attended the high school. At that time he was a young man, lean and introverted, with a passion for the visual arts. He preferred the surrealists, especially Salvador Dali, and at the same time he begun to be interested into esotericism and devoured books on alchemy. It was not an easy time, he did not tie with classmates and tended to close. At that time, the first signs of a headache started and they will force him two years later to hospitalization in a specialized structure at the Hospital of Borgo San Lorenzo.
After graduation, mediating between his inclinations and desires of the family, he joined the faculty of architecture and moved to Florence. But something did not work, Carlo rarely attended courses and he was late in the exams. He spent his time in museums and walking around the city. He started taking photographs, and this practice will accompany him for more than two decades. During these years, the headache got worse. During the crisis, which occurred at regular intervals throughout the day, he had to remain in the dark. Because of the acute attacks he was prone to fainting. After hospitalizations, Ravaioli left the university and returned to Coccolia.

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