Materia prima ( i nubicoindi ) 2009-2010 Oil on linen 47x65in|120x165cm
Agostino Arrivabene was born in Rivolta d’Adda, Cremona Italy in 1967.
After graduating form Brera Academy of Fine Art in Milan, Agostino Arrivabene traveled around the world visiting the most important museums in order to directly observe the artworks of the masters, absorbing their majestic painting techniques.
Arrivabene’s intention has always been to find a connection between the beauty and poetics that characterized the past but contradict the present.
His Artistic research has developed under the guidance of the old masters, in particular the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Jan van Eyck, and Rembrandt, as well as all the Flemish.
In this very intimate and un-modern path, the artist discovers traditional painting techniques like the handcrafted preparations of colors.
A strong visionary force characterizes Arrivabene’s paintings with a predilection for the symbolic language, yet realized with precious artisanal materials.
Among the various genres explored by Arrivabene, bizarre subjects from the world of Wunderkammer (Naturalia, Artificialia & Mirabilia) populate some of his canvases. This Renaissance Europe encyclopedic collection of natural and man-made curiosities is clearly referenced by Arrivabene through the presence of natural artifacts.
When Arrivabene creates still life paintings, which he calls Vanitates, he releases all his astonishing fantasies related to his passion for rare natural manifestations.
On canvas the artist expresses his thoughts about the transience of the human condition, as a becoming circle, which can be considered a ‘memento mori.’
Arrivabene’s work includes a variety of consistent subjects among landscapes and figures, which explore different topics such as evil, death and pain. The pain, however, is not represented as a morose presence, but rather as a transition process needed for beings to naturally become connected with nature.
On the other hand, a clear and transparent representation of paradise sets the scene for a few of his paintings.