RR VAGNINI- FINE ARTIST
"Multi-focused and self-taught American artist R.R. VAGNINI was born in Europe and educated there and in Virginia. He first evinced drawing talent at age five, and his commitment to creating art was born a few years later.
Vagnini’s vigorous collages, paintings, drawings, and multi-media works are full of originality and power, though their technical inspiration derives from the same spirit of the European surrealists and American abstract expressionists. In his work, Vagnini experiments freely with color, structure, and automatism, while striving for the simplicity of expression that characterizes primitive art.
Vagnini has worked in a variety of media -- oils, pastels, pen and ink, watercolor, collage, and ceramic -- and in styles ranging from realism to abstractionism. Shortly after relocating his studio to Carmel, Vagnini began a long and productive apprenticeship with noted ceramicist Joseph Hysong, himself a disciple of the eminent Japanese national treasure, Hamada. Vagnini has also applied the Japanese aesthetic, with its melding of art and function, to the design and execution of furnishings, bonsai, and other practical items, as well as to a large selection of carvings in a variety of materials.
Vagnini’s prolific oeuvre -- a chronicle of experimentation with color and application technique -- has been collected internationally. Though historically an infrequent exhibitor, Vagnini's work has also exhibited and sold successfully on the west coast and spends half the year composing and constructing collage and the other half exploring abstract painting.
RR VAGNINI is an artist who aggressively seeks to engage his viewer in an aesthetic dialogue." -S.T.
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