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Maybe it’s the landscape’s beauty that inspires and suggests ideas, or perhaps the quiet atmosphere that allows you to take a breath from chaos of the city, but a lot of artists, born or transferred, have chosed Todi as their personal atelier.

Here we have 6 names that you may not know

Piero Dorazio
One of the most famous exponents of Italian abstract painting. He’s known all over the world, he spent part of his life in the United States afterword, in the ‘70s, he moved to Todi where he lived until he died in 2005. In his paintings you can find geometric lines that create with color interesting dynamic shapes. During his career he collaborated with the famous italian poet Giuseppe Ungaretti, illustrating his poetry anthology “La luce”. Dorazio and Ungaretti were close friends.
I suggest you “Dolce inclinazione” from 1965 and “Tre acque 2” from 1972.
 
Roberto Bernardi and Raphaella Spence
They meet at school and they got married. Even though they live together, their art is very different, and in 2016 they staged an exhibition together in Todi. Bernardi is an iperrealistic artist who creates works that recall the Pop Art’s bright colors and subjects. He represents daily life. Who will have ever imagined that candy and dirty dishes one day became an art installation?
Spence, borned in England, comes from photorealism but gradually she starts to paint umbrian landscapes. In her recent works she mixes digital photos with freehand graphics to create evocative urban scenarios. We are sure that you will like it!
 
Antonella Zazzera
She’s a very particular artist first of all because she uses some unique materials like copper wires. Her works, between photography, painting and sculpture, focus on the role of light, space and form. She won important awards like Premio Arnaldo Pomodoro in 2016.
I recommend you “C/S D 49/50-11” from 2016 made by copper wires, cellulose and black pigment.
 
Marino Ficola
He started his career in Beverly Pepper’s studio, for this reason he traveled a lot exploring different techniques and meeting famous new yorkers’ artist. He has set up a lot of national and international exhibitions. Through his recent project “Ombra” he got across a metaphor between human and animal using a style similar as rock art and sculpture suspended between the real and dream worlds. He’s a famous potter, currently he’s teaching in Accademia delle Belle Arti of Perugia.
 
Silvia Ranchicchio
She wants to study the human being in his spiritual evolution in relation to the material, and we can see her research in her works. She travelled a lot across the United States, and she studied different expression languages from various parts of the world. Her works are paints, mirrors compositions and particular kind of jewelry.
Let’s find out “Cercando me” from 2008.