Massimo Ravagnan has a Bachelor
of Master of Art Architecture and Interior Design at the Art State Institute
of Venice. He lives and works in Mestre.
In a contest of healthy and florid
painting the enigmatic and apocalyptical theme is set. References to fantasy
to esotericism to new age are strong, even if I think that for the artist
they are only an excuse to represent the subject.
The Salute, venetian monument dedicated
to the salvation from plague, is symbol of hope and is a secure harbour and
a shelter for the ship that represent allegorically the artist's own microcosm.
It is a tribute to Venezia. They
say it is always strained to drown but here it becomes solid rock and an
anchor in the dark and malicious elements' fury of everywhere. As you see
the ship flies over and with no sails those corrupt elements. Maybe they
are not from nature but they are the allegories of the living disease that
is typical of human being.
The artist is beyond good and evil
and beyond all the disputes of human being. He does not like to be influenced
or directed. The ship knows his route. It does not seems to be a reference
to religion but maybe to the sense of sacred. The artist is looking for spiritual
and humilty values because those values allowed forefathers to build such
great eternal art works.