Porto Cesareo, Puglia, Italy
About Chiara Criniti
I am an Italian artist and illustrator. My works depict a world in which reality is represented through metaphorical and psychological images that are full of pathos and poetry. I started creating illustrations for children but over the years my focus has shifted to issues related to the psyche, to the deeper meanings hidden in language and to the more daring connections between words and images. I'm interested in feelings, emotions and troubles of the soul. I love to read and write poetry and these passions nourish my inner vision of life and people. I work with mixed media on paper (monotype, collage, graphite, acrylic, pastels, grattage). The use of vibrant colours and bold contrasts, alongside the mélange of various materials and media, enable me to create a complex world where reality coexists with metaphorical elements, the surreal and psychological; a world that can be interpreted in a variety of levels.
I graduated in stage design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lecce. I was educated in the field of illustration by successfully sitting the courses by renowned illustrators: Linda Wolfsgruber (in Sarmede), Anna Castagnoli and Maurizio Quarello.
2016 - Therapy Today Magazine
2015 – Four Illustrations published by the online daily publication related to social issues: Illustration Daily.
2015 – Cover for Apprentice Poets (author: Angela Malcangi), Secop Edizioni, IT;
2014 – The Fairy Tales Wheel (edited by: Ferdinando Sallustio), Secop Edizioni, IT;
2014 – Squame Fanzine, Mail Art Exhibition;
2012 – Cover for Cadillac Magazine;
2011 – Cover for A White Silken Scarf (various authors), WIP Edizioni, IT;
2009 – Attila, Adalberta ... and so on and so forth (author Chiara Lorenzoni) Lupo Editore, IT;
2006 – Unduetrestella Magazine, Lupo Editore, IT.
2015 - The Sideways Glance (Illustration exhibition and related catalogue);
2014 – ANNUAL 2014, featured on the prestigious yearly publication issued by the Italian Association of Authors of Images;
2014 – Tapirulan International Illustrators Competition Eden (exhibition and related catalogue);
2014 – Mail Art Exhibition, Squame Fanzine and Slow Galerie, Paris (exhibition and related catalogue);
2013 – Second prize for beginners, 14th Syria Poletti International Competition for Illustrated Albums: Little, Big... On the Wings of Butterflies, with a project titled Grandma Amelia Has Grown Wings (exhibition and related catalogue).
2013 – ILLUSTRATI Logos: Crystal Children.