Laura Fantini is a hyper-realistic minimalist artist living and working in both Brooklyn, NY and Bologna, Italy. She specializes in colored pencil still life defined by strong contrast values and highly theatrical compositions with dramatic lighting. She graduated from the Liceo Artistico and Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, her hometown.
Fantini's artworks are known for their intense details. In her “Still Lives”, pencils are her paint and paper is her canvas. Her work is smooth and appears to be almost photographic at a first look. However, a closer look reveals the intricate detail of it. From thousands upon thousands of precise, distinct, cross-hatched pencil-strokes, Fantini builds up rich tones.
My flowers, seeds or leaves are more than mere objects. My artworks do not only represent the reality of the ‘still life objects’ I paint, but also the unique and intimate interpretation of emotions, memories and human relationships.The essential elements of my artworks are composition, drawing, contrasts and symbolism, but also realism and simplicity. I love the poetic potential of simple objects. The settings I apply are modest and minimalist: few objects can stand alone to make a complete composition dominated by a critical use of shadows which produces a dramatic staging effect
When she was only 14 years old, her drawing won the First Prize “Premio Culturale Panta Rei”, Bologna. Her first group show took place in Modena, Italy in 1992. Since then, Ms. Fantini's art has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been widely published and documented.
She was selected by Profilo d’Arte – Banca Profilo among the most interesting emerging Italian artists. Her many exhibitions include those at the Museo della Permanente in Milan, at the Galleria Forni in Bologna, at the Staten Island Museum in New York, at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, at the National Museum José Malhoa in Portugal and Denise Bibro Fine Arts in New York, among others. Fantini has won various awards including First Prize in the First Annual Sylvia Glesmann Floral Exhibition and the Jane Peterson Memorial Award at the Salmagundi Club in New York. She also received The Canson Paper Award for Excellence and recently the Award for Exceptional Merit from the Colored Pencil Society of America.
Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Hunt Institute – Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, at the Monaco Government Tourist Office in New York, and in numerous private collections in Italy, UK, US, and Japan.
Ms. Fantini is a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York and a Signature/Merit Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America.