ARTIST: CARMINE SANTANIELLO

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New York-based artist Carmine Santaniello has exhibited nationally and internationally, with work appearing in numerous publications in the US and Europe. The Art of Man magazine USA, Mascular magazine UK, Boner magazine Germany and Character magazine France to name a few. His art is in the private collection of Charles Leslie as well as the permanent collection of the Leslie Lohman Museum. In addition, he shows with Mooi-Man Gay Male Art Gallery, The Netherlands, and the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, and has been featured in Your Daily Male, Mooi-Man Gay Male Art Gallery’s annual calendar.

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Untitiled #XII Lithograph 9 x 12

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Collage is an integral part of his art and is usually the starting point for each work. Employing the traditional method of cut and glued paper, he creates new faces out of amassed facial images. While incorporating elements of his own photographs of exterior environments such as graffiti or street art. “I love the contrast of the beautiful male form in a somewhat marred, abstract urban setting” remarks Santaniello. Some works remain as collage, some become drawings, some artist books or articulated paper dolls, but most become monoprints utilizing lithography.

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Untitiled #XI Lithograph 9 x 12

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Through the juxtaposition of techniques and mediums, he creates evocatively charged works of art. These new works have an erotic edge with a voyeuristic feel to them. Each subject is confined behind a vale of marred imagery. The juxtaposition of these graffiti-like images over the portrait, stimulate a prurient response. The viewer is drawn deeper into the art through a kinetic vale of images to reach the subject itself: the portrait.

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Untitiled #X Lithograph 9 x 12Untitiled #VIII Lithograph 9 x 12Untitiled #VII Lithograph 9 x 12Untitiled #IX Lithograph 9 x 12Untitiled #IV Lithograph 9 x 12Untitiled #I Lithograph 9 x 12Untitiled #VI Lithograph 9 x 12IMG_1264IMG_1267IMG_1265Untitiled #III Lithograph 9 x 12IMG_1266Untitiled #II Lithograph 9 x 12

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You can explore Santaniello’s works further by visiting:

http://carminesantaniellofineart.blogspot.co.uk/

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https://www.instagram.com/carmine1955/

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All images were kindly supplied by the artist.

Please ask the artist before using them.

Thank you.

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