Raffaella Bertolini is an Italian Artist, working and Living in London, UK.
A graduate of the Savona “A. Martini” Art college she explores a variety of media and forms, such as acrylics, graphite, oils, charcoal, spray paint and collage.
Raffaella draws influence from popular and Urban culture, fashion, art, music and literature. The Art graduate blends in Psychedelic Art and a touch of literally colourful humour to create her own brand of “Psychedelic Pop Art”. This is particularly well demonstrated in her portraitures. With this medium, she chose to primarily focus on the female figure. This large number of “Icons” portraits use alcohol ink. She not only celebrates the famous but also the hidden heroes such as those of the London Underground, which her recent artwork unearths.
A Mondrian style background complements that approach in one of her latest series of paintings as she takes on the popular French icons, Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot, who each in their own way have represented ‘La Femme’.
Raffaella does not limit her work. This storyteller finds inspiration in various artistic expressions, fed by a lifelong passion and ambition in the creative expression. She incorporates elements of these various muses, lately Urban/street art. She continuously develops her art, completing courses in art colleges to further the tools she needs to tell the stories she hosts. With her Urban and mixed media paintings and beautifully detailed drawings, she explores themes as varied as sensuality, humour and religion.
Her artwork is regularly showcased in breadth and versatility at exhibitions around the UK and New York. Inevitably her talent has been recognised. Rafaella Bertolini’s exceptional painting Re-Veiled was the runner-up among 40 participants in the online competition “V Gran Premio Citta’. This prize is organised by the Art Movement in Savona, the “Movimento Arte del XXI Secolo” to recognise excellence in contemporary art expression. Her works are in many private collections in Europe, Australia, USA and Japan.