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''THE ROCK POPE'' Painting

RAFFAELE CIOTOLA

Italy

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 15.8 W x 19.7 H x 0.8 D in

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'' THE ROCK POPE '' UNIQUE WORK OF ART! First of all I would like to point out that I feel a strong spiritual and human enthusiasm for Pope Francis, for me he is the first Pope who conveyed true feelings to me. Therefore, it is clear that the work I have created was born from the heart and not with the purpose to mock this great public figure. The title I gave to this contemporary painting is ''The Rock Pope'', Pope Francis embellished with piercings and neck tattoos, so that some apparently frightening, rebellious, etc. young people could see a reference in Him. A lot of people linger over physical appearance while marginalizing some of those young people who try to express their beautiful or ugly feelings in their own way. A Pope who rebels against everything that is neither love nor truth is UNIQUE to me! I see him very far from the ecclesiastical hierarchies and I wanted him to be Rock just like so many young people who do not appear superficial but actually direct, courageous, loving and concrete. Appearances are sometimes deceiving and unfortunately people are sure that visible simplicity is reliable. God protect Pope Francis!

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:15.8 W x 19.7 H x 0.8 D in

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The artist Raffaele Ciotola was born in Naples on the 17th of October 1964. His loving and receptive mother promoted his studies and supported supporting his artistic nature. He obtained the Artistic High School School graduation and got the Master of Arts degree at the state institute of Arts "F.Palizzi" in Naples in 1983. Since he was a boy he has been devoting his life to painting in a professional manner; after his debut in 1980 at an exhibition in his hometown, he kept on taking part in other collective and personal exhibitions set up in several Italian cities until 2002 (Piano di Sorrento, St. Anne in Naples, Milano, Viterbo, Milan). He was awarded the gold medal at the National Biennial of Sacred Art in Torre del Greco in 1980 by prof. Mr Franco Girosi, a famous Neaolitan artist of the last century. It was foundamental for his training, the meetings with prof. Mr Franco Girosi and with Mr Luigi Signore, an artist known as one of the best sculptors of cribs in Italy today. He studied music and attended the voice class at the Conservatory of Naples, but the meeting he had in Rome in 1987 with Master Mr Renato Guelfi, opera singer and painter, was so crucial to his professional growth that he started performing as a singer in some Italian theatres (Lecce, Santa Maria di Leuca, Ronciglione, Villa Pignatelli in Naples). He got to obtained some rewards such as: the gold medal in "La Triade" Prize, Palazzo Sormani - Sala del Grechetto - Milano; the diploma of honor at St. Anastasia, Naples. His personal exhibition in Tuscia dates back to 2002 , in this occasion he exhibited for the first time at the Sala Anselmi in Viterbo. His painting style and production are characterized by an intense use of colours and by the chiaroscuro effects conveying a whole creative freedom and a boundless vital energy, without hiding any strong and eloquent emotion, leaving the viewer a hope, a light , the one that leads beyond any solitude and that blurs roles and social conventions. In fact, from the late 90s, his work is more focused on topical issues and feels the effect of his civil commitment against homophobia and discriminatory behaviors, so it became a vehicle to spread some nonconformist messages, even inspired by universal ethical values. In 2003 he created the artistic movement called "Stop Homoph Art" which aims to spread the culture of respect and fight against homophobia.

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