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Karenina Fabrizzi

Karenina Fabrizzi is an Italian artist who lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she later studied her Fine Art and Graphic Design Degree, she went on to study in several European countries including Germany, Spain and London. A keen traveller, her training later took her as far as New York, a favourite city of hers, where she spent a period as painting assistant to the American Pop artist Jeff Koons. Karenina’s work has been exhibited all over the world and is held in many private collections internationally.

Why we love Karenina’s work:
I first saw Karenina’s work in a gallery in Manchester. I remember standing in front of one of her giant paintings and actually feeling quite moved by it. It was beautiful and whimsical, yet raw and confronting in some way. Her work reminded me of the Russian-French painter Marc Chagall’s naive dreamlike imagery where figures fly and animals are symbols for human nature and also it has the exposed vulnerability found in the work of Austrian artist, Egon Schiele. I love the layered surfaces she creates (possibly a result of her fresco studies in Italy) often using rice paper, marble dust, oil paint, inks, graphite and pen amongst other materials. The paintings draw you in like moving through a softly coloured mist of fantastical and mysterious objects and characters.

Exclusive to Curious Egg
We have been working closely with Karenina over the past few months to produce a series of very special paintings exclusively for Curious Egg entitled ‘Susie & Sebastian’. The paintings celebrate the relationship between two real life acrobat dancers who are coming to the end of their long careers working in music halls, cruise ships and theatres as their bodies gracefully age. Karenina who formed an immediate and strong friendship with Susie after seeing her perform, talks about her inspiration and the conversations they shared:

“I remember when she said to me, ‘now we have to start thinking that our bodies are not like they used to be and we have to start doing something else’ and when I suggested that I would like to paint them, Susie said it would be really nice to have a memory, something to keep forever. These paintings are my way to immortalize these moments of love and glory between these two people and the pace of life – to remain ourselves no matter what and how fragile and beautiful it is to be alive.

I have been always fascinated by nature, the behaviour of animals, the way that flowers and plants grow and how we are a big part of it. In my work I want to bring nature closer to the viewer, to connect people with their roots and memories. Organic elements are essential as they show us like in a fairy tale, the link between the subconscious mind and the actual world – a subtle injection of ambiguity that blurs the gap between the ordinary and the fantastic. This, besides having an apparent dark side, also embodies a sense of fragility and vulnerability, which seems to be a consistent characteristic of my work.”

Karenina Fabrizzi

Original Artworks

Limited Edition Prints