Flavor of faraway places, of the morning quiet, of the
freshly picked fruit, of the songs on the feast days and
the endless nights; pink powder, slightly raised for
the children playful ride; barefoot climbing as fast as
cats between the trees; a cigar, slowly smoked in the
shade of the hedge as to taste its entire aroma;
rolling dice on the game board in the square; the exotic
and aphrodisiac scent that comes from the widen
windows: this is Cuba, in many thoughts. It is the last
communism bastion, it is the emblem of the most
tenacious proletarian revolution, and its strict limits
to progress, along with its lack of openness to the
outside world, helped to maintain, for better or for
worse, an almost primitive aura. Antonella Falcioni
reach, just may, that wonderful Caribbean archipelago
with smooth and precise strokes, recounting the most
happier and genuine aspects today.
Roman by origin, Brescian by adoption, Cuban by passion.
Antonella Falcioni discovered her love for art while
still a child, she was only eight years old when she
joined the first course of painting. And like any first
love, she never abandoned it. Since then her hand is
raised, the grip has become more strong and confident
and her soul curious and sensitive as the one of the
She is successfully present for years on the artistic
Italian and international scene with her ceramics,
appreciated for their delicacy and elegance. Her first
exhibition in 1999 is followed by many others,
collective and personal, also in Germany. She traces,
with refinement and detail attention, the outlines of
women, madonnas and angels, but also the corrugated
profiles of landscapes, flowers and animals on plates,
cups and vases of varying shape.
In 2010 Falcioni faces new paths, approaching the oil
painting, conquered from it. The subjects of her
paintings are men, women and children caught at random,
stolen moments, in the quiet of their daily lives. There
are no studied scenarios nor theatrical poses, in her
paintings everything is spontaneous. She's interested in
transmitting exactly what she sees, the truth of these
stories, the emotions of those faces. And she manages in
her intent through a game of brushstrokes: broad, fast,
intense and conflicting for the backgrounds; thin,
precise, veiled for the figures.
If Paul Gauguin left Paris to travel to Panama,
Martinique and Tahiti, Falcioni choose Cuba as a
favorite destination, an oasis of inspiration. The
search, however, is the same.
She, like he did a century and a half earlier, is
attracted by the primitive authenticity of those places,
of the almost childlike naivety of those who live there,
of the surrounding tropical atmosphere, as well as of
the colors vibrancy, of the scents freshness, of the
light’s transparency. She gets involved up to portray
herself between them, until she feels herself a part of
those places, so distant and fascinating. Her tall,
candid and graceful figure stands out among others in a
Antonella Falcioni, important presence of Italian art in
the world, takes on, with creations and actions, the
strong connotation of winning spirit. A proof of this is
the latest series of works developed from the brescian
artist, dedicated to the Victory. The scope that gives
more expressiveness to the triumph and familiar to the
artist, by inclination and participation, is,
undoubtedly, the one of the sport. The physical and
psychological effort, and that leads to a superiority
relives in the dynamics of colors and gestures that are
the protagonists of Falcioni’s paintings. The chromatic
liveliness and the serene dance of the forms are the
philosophy messengers of the whole art of Antonella
Falcioni: le bonheur de vivre. And when, if not in the
moment of glory, that every overflows of joy of living.
The ineffable exclusivity of the glory moment is
imprisoned by an equally unique and unrepeatable image.
The work of art is a victory and its preciousness is
equal to that of the laurel. And if from the winning
time remains nothing but a symbolic object (a prize, a
cup ..), artistic creation gives those same sublime
feelings any time you admire it. Victory flies while art
draws its history, celebrates it and immortalizes it.
Antonella Falcioni is among the few Italian artists
alert and focused on the great historical, documentary
and celebratory force of figurative art, because the
painting commemorates from centuries the great victories
of man in every area of his life and, therefore,
embodies his faith in an absolute best. The victory is
the smile of God.
Antonella Falcioni was born on 8th july 1966 in Rome. When she was 5
years old, she moved to Ciliverghe, a little town near Brescia. From the
most tender years, she turned out to have a lively creativity and
the age of 8 , her family boosted her with enthusiasm to her
inclinations for a painting course and at 12 years old, she experienced
the oil pastel technique, realizing her first family’s portraits.
In the meantime, she came of age, she became a fashion designer, she
started to work in her family’s factory and she continued to follow her
great passion: Art.
In Germany, she attended some courses taught by the master Hans Bouer (Meissen
school) about the complex classical china painting technique, giving
birth to a beautiful production of refined figures of ladies, angels,
madonnas, still life, flowers, landscapes and animals which decorated
plates, globets and vases.
Antonella Falcioni studied this subject in depth, following in Milan,
more than twenty seminars taught by artists of international fame such
as the venezuelan Mariela Villasmil. Then she got through her first two
years of China Painting master with the american artist Stephen Merlin
Hajes, in the italian seat of North West Florida Association.
From 1999, after just three years from her first approch with the
porcelain painting, she felt the need to introduce her appreciated works
to a wide public, showing them in a large number of exhibitions in which
we can remember a one-woman exhibition in Manerbio (Brescia), in 2000
Azzurra Convention in Villa Mella (Brescia), in 2005 a one-woman
exhibition “Angels” in Pavone Mella (Brescia).
Then she exposed in other one-woman exhibitions where she obtained a
great succes in Montichiari (Brescia) in 2006, in Castiglione delle
Stiviere (Mantova), in Virle (Brescia) and in her town Rezzato in 2011
together with MA Gallery.
After many approvals from her public for her delicate and elegant works
on porcelain, our artist felt again the desire to face a new challenge:
the oil painting on canvas technique.
In 2010, in fact, Antonella Falcioni enrolled in the Institute LABA in
Brescia where she learnt the rudiments of the oil painting,
concentrating her attention to the portrait.
From this moment, our artist finds a new way of expression through which
she shows the pleasantness of her works where we have faces of women,
men, children met during her everyday life and during her frequent
travels to Cuba.
In this fervent creative period, Antonella Falcioni shows, through her
canvases, her careful work of introspection and research of human soul.
In fact, this artist prefers using a canvas prepared with a background
base of very dark colours, that gives the idea of a trip in which she
penetrates the inside of her subjects, in the darkness, just to their
deepest essence and then, she brings it back to the light by a learnt
lightening of her palette, realizing the portrait.
Antonella Falcioni paints with wide and quick brush strokes with a
contrasting colouring of dark and strong tints where brown, black, red,
ochre and turquoise nuances are mixed, creating a simple, neutral and
An inexistent setting and a summary portrayal of her subjects’ clothes
denote, in our artist, a certain carelessness for details, focalizing
intentionally, her attention to the real protagonists: the face and the
expression of the portrayed.
These are painted with accurate glazes from which precise and realistic
details come out: dimples, expression lines, reflection on the glasses’
lens, light ocular defects, etc.
The proposed subjects in her portraits are sometimes strong figures to
all appearances, but they seem to be in contrast with what their sweet
eyes revel, their real nature that Antonella Falcioni can well represent
on her canvas. We have also some portraits of cuban children, painted
with large smiles and vivacious eyes that go back to happy and
light-hearted childhood moments.
All this work on the portrait is the subject that Antonella Falcioni
wants to use to inaugurate her art gallery, called MA gallery in Rezzato
(Brescia – Italy) where our artist wants to realize a permanent
exposition of all her creations, in an exhibition space where she feels
the need to communicate and to interact with her works and with her
actual and future estimators where creativity, experimentation, passion
and dedication to art blend.