530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Ilaria Castagnacci
The Figure and Unknown Places
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY

  • Admiration   Admiration
    Watercolor & Pastel on Paper
    16" x 16"
    Ilaria Castagnacci

  • Become Friends   Become Friends
    Watercolor on Paper
    8" x 8"
    Ilaria Castagnacci

  • In the air...   In the air...
    Watercolor & Ink on Paper
    20" x 20"
    Ilaria Castagnacci

  • It's Like Flying   It's Like Flying
    Watercolor & Pastel on Paper
    12" x 8"
    Ilaria Castagnacci

  • Seasonal Readings   Seasonal Readings
    Watercolor & Ink on Paper
    18" x 8"
    Ilaria Castagnacci

  • Until the Moon   Until the Moon
    Watercolor & Ink on Paper
    18" x 8"
    Ilaria Castagnacci

  • Magnificent   Magnificent
    Watercolor & Ink on Paper
    7.9" x 7.9"
    Ilaria Castagnacci


Ilaria Castagnacci

ILARIA CASTAGNACCI

The Figure and Unknown Places
July 7 – July 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2018 6-8 PM

Ilaria Castagnacci’s playfully illustrative drawings imbue her observations of the everyday with refreshing exuberance and whimsy. Working in predominantly watercolor, ink, and pigment on paper, the artist chooses not to rely on preliminary sketches for her personal works, and instead allows the inspiration of people, nature, seasons, colors, and animals to dictate what each drawing will convey. Often placed upon a blank background, Castagnacci renders her highly saturated figures with an emphasis on curved lines, pose, and serene facial expressions. In works such as It’s Like Flying (2017), a woman holding an umbrella appears to float upon an ivory background. Donning a dazzling, ruby gown, the billowed shape of her petticoat mirrors the curves of her open umbrella. The figure’s polka dotted stockings coyly reveal themselves to the audience, yet this woman appears blithely unaware. Her pose and facial expression reflect pure, unpolluted delight as she hovers with outstretched arms, windswept strands of hair, eyes closed and head nearly bowed towards the viewer.

A native of Rome, Castagnacci does not remember a time when she did not have a pencil in her hand. After graduating from the European Design Institute in 2001, Castagnacci began her esteemed career as an illustrator. The artist is currently based in Rome.