In December 2021 I introduced at Art Basel the new collection Romeo And Juliet: the metamorphosis. This is the story of what happened before that moment, in order to understand the collection.  In these few chapters, I want to reveal my private life and the things I went through.

It started with a failure

December 2016 ended in the most painful way for me. I broke up with I girlfriend  I had at that time ( Don’t worry! I am now in a much better position right now for reasons I will explain). But at that time I was really devastated. Maybe that pain that I think Romeo from Shakespeare’s was famous for?

I was lost. I stopped painting a long way before that. And really felt guilty for everything.

Honestly? I was just waiting to age without any purpose.

Life was slowly going on with the daily routine.

As every failure brings with it a chance to change as this one was about to give me the most amazing gift.

But I didn’t know I had to change in order to get it.

I had to change. I had to stop blaming others, and I needed to see with my eyes.

Life was trying to tell me something and I had to observe.

Painfully I had to put together my pieces. I did all the work that was needed…

I start traveling by myself. I went to London, Boston, New York, Washington, Los Angeles… I left Italy. I no longer felt connected with my “previous life”. I was running an errand to rediscover myself and I was determined enough to find myself again.

After a while, suddenly  I was able to find a person who was in love with me the way I was.  I met this woman, Stacy. Despite I liked her I just ignored her. I was not ready.

She patiently helped me and Respected my space. We grow a great relationship before even dating.

She was supportive and really interested in me growing. She gave me so much strength.

Ahe helped me put together every piece and be able to start over Did I mention that she is a phenomenal artist herself? I realized that Only an Artist can heal an Artist.

Another reason why she was able to do it is that she probably when through the same on her journey and she knew what I was going through.

She is the reason I was able to start painting again and the reason we have this collection today.

She quickly became the most important person in my life.

why I am telling you this? Because this is my journey. This is the metamorphosis that I wanted to share with this new work of mine.

The insights of what I learned by failing with my relationships are the core concepts of this new  Collection: Romeo and Juliet the metamorphosis.

It is my journey to becoming an adult, instead of being a child and acting like a child. It’s my adventure. And I wanted to share with others. Remember what I said earlier: any failure brings an opportunity.

We fed over 100K meals

Stacy and I also started a no-profit organization together: The Stacy Francis Music Art and Education Foundation. Using her celebrity we help donate more than 100,000 meals to kids in South Africa and New York City.

 

 

Why did I choose Romeo and Juliet story? 

It was September 2021 when we decided to attend Spectrum at Art Basel in Miami. That was my first great exhibition in America so we needed a strong theme that everyone could potentially know already.

Stacy came up with the idea of bringing that old story of Shakespeare as a subject for a collection. She said: YOu are Italian and from Verona Italy. Romeo and Juliet would be perfect for you to introduce yourself to the American Art industry.

At first, I said No.

But then I thought: this story is suitable to represent my personal journey. I feel I went through the same. I feel anyone of us has to do that journey sooner or later. I could testify that we all can change, in the name of love. That change is possible and sometimes is mandatory.

December 2021 I attended Spectrum at Art Basel in Miami with a new collection: Romeo and Juliet’s new story was reborn.

There were a few problems with that theme

The original story did not resonate with me. For me, Romeo and Juliet is such a  cliché… I grew up by seeing a flock of tourists in Verona for Juliet’s balcony…

I started thinking: what would happen if Romeo and Juliet had not died in the tragic story of their love?

Also, I wanted to follow, in this new collection, these guidelines:

  1. give a strong message,
  2. resonating with me
  3. motivational and inspiring and with a positive meaning.

The new collection would reflect these new policies of mine.

Romeo and Juliet: the story of our metamorphosis became a Romantic, motivational inspirational story that holds the true modern message of love.

The original story

Romeo, a spoiled brat is madly in love with several women. He secretly marries one of them and in the process kills some people and himself.

Now the “Hollywood” part of this story is epic. I get it. Who doesn’t want to live such an adventure: eternal love?

The problem is that the story is not relevant to reality. It also justifies revenge and violence.

In the name of love. Such BS (tome at least).

Love that is more of a passing infatuation.

Romeo was drive-by his ego and his childish self. He does not think for a second about anything else other than his own feelings.

That is not what we want to teach to our family, to our kids. This story is basically toxic.

My story: what if their suicides were only a figure of speech?

Established that Romeo and Juliet were super young and driven by their childish selves, what if their suicides were only a figure of speech?

What if, in order to grow and have a real love they needed to shatter (kill) their childish ego?

this way they still commit “suicide” but it’s a transition of life where all of us are on sooner or later.

The journey of a lifetime is not just about finding someone you love. It’s also the process through which we learn how to be our best selves, and this exhibition explores that transformational idea.

That is the reason why I called it the metamorphosis.

this way, it will not be about the love between these two doomed lovers, but it’s rather a reflection on what we each go through in our own personal metamorphoses in a relationship.

I want, with this collection, to create a true path to support young people through art. Give my experience on being better with a partner.

Robert Downey Jr

Using Stacy’scelebrity position we were able to write a letter to Robert Downey Jr and ask him to be part of this. He agreed to take the role of Friar Lorenz. He said that he will do it only if we would donate to charity (The no-profit organization mentioned before ) the painting with him.

Behind the scenes

We did two photoshoots, in order to get the look we wanted. We were lucky enough to find great models (a beautiful real couple), but we went through trials and errors. We tried at least 5 different Juliet.

Clothes: we hired a professional costume maker to get the look we wanted. I end up loading my car with a huge quantity of dresses and clothes. Fun fact we also have found two authentic swords from middle age.

The historical period of the story is 1300 a.c. but the story itself is told during the 1600 a.c. I chose to give a sense of Renaissance style even if the story was staged during the Romanesque/gothic period.

I actually mixed up gothic and renaissance styles in this collection.

Juliet Portraits

Watercolor Painting of Juliet on a gold leaf frame
In this painting, you can see the beauty of Juliet. It is only apparent because she is clearly sad. she is a slave of her parents.

Clothes: we hired a professional costume maker to get the look we wanted. I end up loading my car with a huge quantity of dresses and clothes. Fun fact we also have found two authentic swords from middle age.

The historical period of the story is 1300 a.c. but the story itself is told during the 1600 a.c. I chose to give a sense of Renaissance style even if the story was staged during the Romanesque/gothic period.

I actually mixed up gothic and renaissance styles in this collection.

The Arche Scaligere, the impressive gothic monumental tombs of the Scala Family in verona. They are considered one of the most representative examples of Italian gothic architecture and sculpture.

Romeo’s Portrait

Clothes: we hired a professional costume maker to get the look we wanted. I end up loading my car with a huge quantity of dresses and clothes. Fun fact we also have found two authentic swords from middle age.

The historical period of the story is 1300 a.c. but the story itself is told during the 1600 a.c. I chose to give a sense of Renaissance style even if the story was staged during the Romanesque/gothic period.

I actually mixed up gothic and renaissance styles in this collection.

Watercolor portrait of Romeo in a gold frame leaf
A delicate and beautiful watercolor portrait of a young man in gold leaf frame.

The balcony

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Juliet is being pulled apart

Clothes: we hired a professional costume maker to get the look we wanted. I end up loading my car with a huge quantity of dresses and clothes. Fun fact we also have found two authentic swords from middle age.

The historical period of the story is 1300 a.c. but the story itself is told during the 1600 a.c. I chose to give a sense of Renaissance style even if the story was staged during the Romanesque/gothic period.

I actually mixed up gothic and renaissance styles in this collection.

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Lights and shadows

Clothes: we hired a professional costume maker to get the look we wanted. I end up loading my car with a huge quantity of dresses and clothes. Fun fact we also have found two authentic swords from middle age.

The historical period of the story is 1300 a.c. but the story itself is told during the 1600 a.c. I chose to give a sense of Renaissance style even if the story was staged during the Romanesque/gothic period.

I actually mixed up gothic and renaissance styles in this collection.

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