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CHARLIE•DAVOLI


CHARLIE•DAVOLI

SURREAL PHOTOGRAPHER

ITALY

SURREAL PHOTOGRAPHER

ITALY

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Charlie Davoli was born in Singapore and, by a strange twist of fate, at the age of 6 retuned to his father’s homeland in a small town of Salento’s peninsula in Italy. The clash between these two distant cultures bears a richness that is manifest in Charlie’s vision, in his acts and in the strong sense of balance of his compositions: the duality of this early matter and form doesn’t generate a polarized space of differing and parallel substances but rather a display where one mirrors into the other.

Immersed in a lively and creative environment, Charlie was part of the band Studiodavoli until 2006, with fellow musicians Matilde Davoli, Gianluca De Rubertis (Il Genio) and Giancarlo Belgiorno. The band released two official records and gained widespread recognition in the Italian indie music scene. Even after the band’s break-up, music remained a strong source of inspiration in Charlie’s life. He is an avid collector of the visual corollary that accompanies the work of various musicians: from the visionary album covers of Pink Floyd to the communicative art of Warhol with Velvet Underground. Indulging his curiosity and need to explore new art forms, Charlie started sharing his imagery through a simple yet highly communicative media: Instagram. He chases the moments when an equilibrium of shape and detail forms in the short window of his iPhone snapshots, thus creating an immense archive of subjects, forms, colors and movement. The creation of a new dreamscape happens at a later stage: thanks to his pool of images, the editing process is then almost immediate through a variety of digital tools.

In his compositions, visual paradox recalls mathematical places where the sum of the parts captures and engages the watcher through the subtle interference of universal geometries and deceiving perspectives: “My influences are a chimerical blend of the metaphysical imagery in De Chirico with a love for Bauhaus geometry and the pop culture of Warhol and Lichtenstein … all with the addition of some sci-fi retro”.

Charlie Davoli was born in Singapore and, by a strange twist of fate, at the age of 6 retuned to his father’s homeland in a small town of Salento’s peninsula in Italy. The clash between these two distant cultures bears a richness that is manifest in Charlie’s vision, in his acts and in the strong sense of balance of his compositions: the duality of this early matter and form doesn’t generate a polarized space of differing and parallel substances but rather a display where one mirrors into the other.

Immersed in a lively and creative environment, Charlie was part of the band Studiodavoli until 2006, with fellow musicians Matilde Davoli, Gianluca De Rubertis (Il Genio) and Giancarlo Belgiorno. The band released two official records and gained widespread recognition in the Italian indie music scene. Even after the band’s break-up, music remained a strong source of inspiration in Charlie’s life. He is an avid collector of the visual corollary that accompanies the work of various musicians: from the visionary album covers of Pink Floyd to the communicative art of Warhol with Velvet Underground. Indulging his curiosity and need to explore new art forms, Charlie started sharing his imagery through a simple yet highly communicative media: Instagram. He chases the moments when an equilibrium of shape and detail forms in the short window of his iPhone snapshots, thus creating an immense archive of subjects, forms, colors and movement. The creation of a new dreamscape happens at a later stage: thanks to his pool of images, the editing process is then almost immediate through a variety of digital tools.

In his compositions, visual paradox recalls mathematical places where the sum of the parts captures and engages the watcher through the subtle interference of universal geometries and deceiving perspectives: “My influences are a chimerical blend of the metaphysical imagery in De Chirico with a love for Bauhaus geometry and the pop culture of Warhol and Lichtenstein … all with the addition of some sci-fi retro”.




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