An Italian Mystery Revealed
Emanuele Dascanio is a great Italian artist living in our time, a true master. His incredibly realistic graphite pencil and charcoal portraits vibrate with spirituality, emotion and energy. He creates oil paintings that exude sensuality and passion and reach out to seduce us through a disguise of sumptuous fruits and various still life objects.
His masterful application of these mediums combined with a deep connection to the subject result in images that fool the eye into thinking the objects are real. Beyond great technique, however, there are also layers of meaning to discover for ourselves in Emanuele’s work as we linger longer in front of his art and allow ourselves to see the works ‘slowly’. In the words of Emanuele himself I quote:
“Mystery is truly such if it is revealed to our eyes slowly.”
It gives me such pleasure to bring attention to Emanuele Dasconio’s art through this first of a two part interview.
Q: Hi Emanuele , please tell us where you were born and any other countries you have lived in.
A: First of all, thank you for the opportunity you have given me to express myself about my artwork. I was born in Italy, in Garbagnate Milanese June 7, 1983 . I’ve always lived in Senago, but after some time I opened my workshop in Valenza Po.
Q: Emanuele , When did you first realise that you wanted to be an artist . How old were you and were there any significant experiences That influenced your decision to become an artist at that time ?
A: I realized that this was my way very soon : I was about 18-19 years old. I decided to follow my artistic studies and soon discovered a fascinating world from which I had always been attracted without knowing it.
Self Taught Technique
Q: Did you study art formally and if so what were institutions? What were those experiences like for you? For example, did you learn most of what you know about art there or did anyone in particular stand out as significantly contributing to your expertise that you have developed with drawing ?
A: In Italy there are no academies valid. I studied under the teacher Gianluca Corona , who in turn was a pupil of the great master Mario Donizetti. From him I learned the technique of oil painting and refined the technique of drawing . He taught me that it is the spirit in which we must deal with in the problem of painting. In addition, I have always been encouraged to form my “artistic” self .
Q: You paint in oils and draw in charcoal and graphite pencil. Do you have a favorite subject , medium or style that you work in?
A: I love to paint and to draw. I have no favourite subject , I only care about the content of the image. The subject is secondary and must be functional only to transmit the content or what it is that I wish to express.
Q: Can you tell us all about your drawings with charcoal and graphite , what inspires you to create your portraits?
A: It should be understood my designs are not like ordinary portraits, but as allegorical figures or non-conventional symbols that arise from my intuition or subconscious.
Q: Can you tell us more about the images you have created in oil paints , of fruits . Do these images have deeper meanings and if so what are those meanings?
A: I cannot explain the meaning of each picture, but I can give the key to the correct interpretation. In my still life I aim to embed strong symbolic meaning , because in reality there is a powerful bond that binds everything. We are always in constant conditioning spirit and matter – what I mean is that through reading the small things we can understand the bigger ones; be they psychological, physical , spiritual and so on. Nature is an always-open book. Mystery is truly such if it is revealed to our eyes slowly.
Thank you Emanuele for sharing this fascinating information with us. This ends the first of a two part interview with Emanuele.
To read part two of this interview with Emanuele, please click the link below:
For more information on his artwork please see the following information:
- Flickr: Flickr.com/dascanio_emanuele
- Facebook: @EmanueleDascanioItalianPainterArtist
Wow, Emanuele’s drawings are absolutely superb. Such detail! Much patience is needed to create these fantastic photo realistic artworks! But his drawings are more than that! I love how he has given us a clue as to how his works can be interpreted. Thank you to Emanuele for sharing with us and to Cindy, for another great interview!
Nice to finally put a name to that photo I’ve seen on Pinterest! His drawings are beyond amazing! They just blow me away!
Great interview and great artist.
I´ll save this sentence: ” Through reading the small things we can understand the bigger ones”… I could not agree more.
Thanks for the article.
Amazing, inspiring work and words. Thank you.
I have studied Emanuele’s work and have been thoroughly impressed.Indeed he is a true modern master.This is a great interview because of the insight it reveals about the mind behind the artist.
Chiaroscurro is alive-and-well in your magnificent body of work. Your portrait of your father is a brilliant study in age-old techniques which are used, as you have to create this masterpiece. To allow all the many types of contrast to speak the language of texture, sing the song of Truth, and fill the heart with the power of this figure serves a banquet only your art has divinity to do. This is absolutely the same work of excellence and genius as those of the Old Masters, but born with your quality of modern life. Thank you!
Simply Mind Blowing work by Emanuele.He has not only captured the Old masters style & in his emulation perfected the technique.How i wish to become his student & learn from this young man being of 72 years in age.Learning has no limits or boundaries.Tarik Saadat
Emanuele Dascanio is a living legend.!
He is my inspiration for hyperrealistic charcoal sketching