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The Importance of Arts in our lives

Arts play an important role in our lives. They help us to express ourselves and connect with others. By experiencing and enjoying the arts, we can improve our quality of life.

But there is more: the neglect of Art is a terrible loss because it means allowing cancel “culture” to take place.

Join me as I explore the importance of Arts and how they benefit us all.

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”

― Robert Frost

Today I want to introduce this great man of culture: Robert Lee Frost. You might know him or you might not. Let’s get a brief bio.

Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet.  He is the only poet to receive four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

He became one of America’s rare “public literary figures, almost an artistic institution”.

He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetic works. On July 22, 1961

Frost died in 1963 and the President of the United States at that time (John F. Kennedy) was asked to speak at an event to celebrate him and his accomplishments.

His speech became memorable and gave us an extremely powerful idea of the role of art in our lives.

From Wikipedia

How can culture be used to improve society?

In John F. Kennedy’s speech, he describes the role and the importance of art. He is talking about poetry, but we can all substitute that word with “Art”.

Art has the very nature and purpose of questioning, of challenging society.

“We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda: it is a form of truth.”

Here you can listen to the entire speech.

This transcript of the speech is short, but it is filled with substance that will make you feel good.

Strength takes many forms, and the most obvious forms are not always the most significant. The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.

When power leads men towards arrogance, Art reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, Art reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, Art cleanses.

For Art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment. “

This article written by Maria Popova inspired me to write this post.

Can Artist be of use of society in a cancel culture?

Creative thinkers and makers provide joy and interaction for people in their communities. They also give critique to our political, economic, and social systems. But is this real in a cancel culture? How do we preserve the work of an artist, even if is a critique, from being banned?

If a President of the United States can be canceled then what chance does an artist have of navigating the treacherous waters of modern society?

Check out this interesting link from BBC about this matter.

We must protect Art, artists, freedom of speech, and culture. It doesn’t matter if is written in on the constitution. It is up to us to keep these values alive.

My work as an Artist

The reason I created my collection based on Shakespeare’s story is that I strongly believe that Art helps us tell our stories, celebrate, remember the past, challenge the present, and imagine the future.

The insights of what I learned on my relationships, in my private life,  are the core concepts of this new collection: Romeo and Juliet.

 

It is my journey to becoming an adult, instead of being a child and acting like a child.

It’s my adventure, and I want to share it with you.

I encourage you to look at each painting and read the description… To get an understanding of the meaning of each one.

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What better way to celebrate the start of a new year than by embarking on an exploration into the impact that arts and culture have had in our lives? How can we use art as an instrument for social change, and what is society’s responsibility towards artists who are struggling with censorship?


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If you want to have a meaningful life, read this!

You want to have a meaningful life.
You want your life to be surrounded by important things.

Imagine a world where every inch of your home is designed to celebrate its inhabitants. A space with such care and attention shows that you believe in something valuable—in your family, or perhaps just yourself?

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Art is a powerful medium that has the potential to change our perspective and worldview.
Art is not just about the surface, it has meaning.

To have a meaningful life, you need to be able to choose what matters and what doesn’t.
And it’s every day harder and harder.

We are surrounded by so much noise. Phone, notifications news…
It’s hard to escape it.

What inspires you? What makes your life worth living?

Art should create feelings within you, not just decorate your space.

It’s a way for the owner of the piece to express themselves and their emotions in creative ways that might otherwise be difficult or impossible with everyday objects such as furniture.

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How about this one? Art holds deep cultural significance across many cultures around the world because it can act both aesthetically pleasingly but also convey powerful messages through its imagery.

What inspires me as an artist is rediscovering meaningful things from the past. My ultimate goal is to help preserve, in the sense of safeguarding its heritage.

That’s why I choose a book as inspiration from my new collection.

Art and Literature are bound together in several ways. Great works of art have inspired great works of literature, great works of literature have inspired art, and together art and literature have simultaneously represented similar movements.

My new collection of Romeo and Juliet watercolors will help you find the beauty in your life.
Each painting is inspired by a different moment from the play, and they are all full of emotions, drama, and life.

Last month I went back to my country Verona Italy, after two years in the US and I spent the holidays with my family.

I also filmed a small documentary on Verona and Romeo and Juliet. it will be ready soon.

Stop running around, take time to breathe. Look around… beauty is everywhere


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The real story of Romeo and Juliet, a sharp bipolar division

“There is no world without Verona walls,
But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
Hence-banished is banish’d from the world,
And world’s exile is death…”

William Shakespeare, Romeo e Juliet – Act III, Scene III

 

When talking about Romeo and Juliet, there is a related tale that is very mysterious and fascinating.

It involves power, scandal, and homicide.

Intrigued? You should be…

 

This can also explain the current situation we are living in. The world seems to come to a bipolar division.

Who is pro “vax”, who is not? Who is left, who is right, who is red who is blue, who is on the North, and who is on the South?

Who believes and who doesn’t. This pattern is very recognizable and sometimes extreme!

Trust me when I say that this is not just now. This is not just in America.

Let’s turn back the clock 700 years, and do a time travel together where you come with me to Italy!

A mysterious Murder

It’s 1200 a.c. Middle Age. No internet (of course! lol). The quest for power never stopped through the history of man.

100 years before the contest of Romeo and Juliet something that should not happen, happened.

 

A man named Buondelmonte (( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buondelmonte_de%27_Buondelmonti )) lays on the ground, in the city of Florence. Dead.

The atmosphere is explosive, people are angry, and they demand a violent consequence.

Who killed Buondelmonte? Why is he dead?

And why does this matter with today’s times and Romeo and Juliet?

It’s about a wedding that never occurred.

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Buondelmonte who was a young rich Italian man refused to marry a woman who was arranged to be his wife from the two families. She was belonging to another political party, an opponent family.

The day before the homicide he married another woman. And it was recognized as outrageous and an insult to the family of the woman that was rejected.

The siblings of the rejected bride prepared the strike. The ambush worked perfectly.

He died on the street like an animal.

 

This incident was the spark of more than hundreds of years of riots in Italy.

The Guelph vs Ghibelline(( Check out this link for more info:  https://www.britannica.com/event/Guelf-and-Ghibelline ))  were the two main political powers. The Ghibellines were the imperial party (Roman Empire), while the Guelphs supported the Pope.

At that time the Pope was not only the holder of the spiritual gate to paradise but also the owner of great political power on the ground.

Romeo and Juliet’s story starts with the family fighting. But that is what is referenced: the war between The Guelph vs Ghibelline. At that time Verona was supporting the Ghibelline party.

 

Members of the Montague and Capulet clans battle with swords in an illustrated scene from the William Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet. (Kean Collection/Getty Images)

 

The reference of that fight is the set of the romance between the two lovers. And even if it happened almost 700 years ago it is still relevant nowadays.  We are so sick and tired of these fights.

History will repeat itself over and over again until we learn from it.

 

As an artist, I not only paint to inspire people but just as the art of the Masters like DaVinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo (the greats who inspire me today) I want my art to tell a story and hold it in history, passion, and impinge on the viewer in a way that forces them to think and hopefully shifts the narrative. It is through art that society can in fact heal.

My new collection

Romeo and Juliet is my new collection originally presented at Art Basel Miami in December 2021.

So yes, I created these paintings because it’s a relevant story that helps us rediscover treasures from the past and get new inspiration and hopefully culture. I created this collection at this time in history with a desire to continue to open the eyes of the World.

It’s a limited series;

High-quality prints are available;

Many people are taking advantage of this offer and to you I am grateful.

Help me spread the message by hanging this art in your home and sharing the story.

 

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