Raffaello Ossola was born in Locarno, Switzerland in 1954, and studied Fine Art at the ‘Art Academy’ in Lugano. In 1990, after having travelled and lived abroad, he decided to live and work in Como, Italy. From an in-depth study of the figure, his artistic development passed through an informal stage and, in 1978 he introduced himself to the public with his first personal exhibition at the Galleria Centro Design in Lugano, to critical acclaim.
For years he has been experimenting, analysing, and elaborating various techniques and visual styles, until he had his great turning point in the 1990’s. Previously coming from an informal style, he introduced “ his figuration”: Plants, strangely familiar yet non existent, altered perspectives, reversals, altars, prisms, walls, pools, architectural constructions, all these are elements that the artist uses to lure us into his vision “beyond time and space”. With his paintings he‘d invite the viewer to witness his provocative interrogative, questioning: what if the world we see isn’t true? What if reality only happens on the surface? What if truth was in fact concealed? By utilizing the subject matter of paint, he rigorously demands the viewer to reflect. He does neither impose nor provide answers, nor does he expect the viewer to accept his message. With absolute mastery of technique, he proposes a research that confirms the essence of his work as a man and an artist. Both, the public and critics on an international level have always perceived his universal message positively.
RAFFAELLO TALKS ABOUT HIS WORK… … I’ve always liked “isolating myself” in order to ponder life and have often preferred to do so in very special settings and certain “panoramas” which have proved to have been extremely significant moments for me. During the years this process of “internal growth” has become an integral part of my life, has helped exercising myself in relation to conscious memories; but above all it has become a way of measuring the personal sensations and emotions that I was unsure how to place in a temporal context. - Deep silences and absolute emptiness, in which I have discovered fullness and completeness.
These reflections have often projected me into a dimension “outside space and outside time”. Visions in which everything seems but in reality is not, in which the colours are altered, images distant, memories confused and detached from their temporal linearity …states of consciousness that are achieved when one is seeking the self within and when one decides to face also one’s shadowy moments. In this case the perspectives are completely distorted making one realize that the every day life isn’t much different: a different point of view is sufficient to change the entire field of vision… and yourself. These are the moments that I have chosen to represent in my work, moments detached from time, space and the limits imposed on us by everyday life. I long to find a way of saying “things are not always what they seem to be”.
I want to remind people, and in particular myself, that “dreams can come true” to the degree in which one believes it is possible. Trying to understand the self is a great sign of respect towards oneself, and is as important as one’s duty to live without regrets. I believe it to be necessary to go beyond one’s limits in order to understand the way things work. -This aspiration of mine has also become my artistic quest. Art enables me to narrate life with a capital “L” and I don’t think it is necessary to represent evilness and ugliness in order to be aware of their existence: I’ve preferred the choice of emphasising that “beauty exists”. It exists in everything and in everyone. One just needs to know how to remove the patina in order to let it show through. This must be achieved whilst bearing in mind only the positive moments, as these are the real essence acquiring the certainty that everything has a sense, and that explanations will follow before long, even for those moments that may seem incomprehensible. One just needs to observe closely and to learn to do so not only with one’s physical eyes. A continuous voyage, which I hope everyone will have the strength to make and to continue. At all times.
Locarno ITALIA, 1954
Raffaello Ossola was born in Locarno, Switzerland in 1954, and studied Fine Art at the ‘Art Academy’ in Lugano. In 1990, after having travelled and lived abroad, he decided to live and work in Como, Italy. From an in-depth study of the figure, his artistic development passed through an informal stage and, in 1978 he introduced ...