The artist Raffaele Ciotola
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Artistic Movement was founded in 2018 in Italy by Raffaele Ciotola

Movimento Artistico è stato fondato nel 2018 in Italia da Raffaele Ciotola


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!


Artwork of the artist Raffaele Ciotola dedicated to Her Majesty Elizabeth ll of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of the other Commonwealth countries.

The '' Rock Art Ciotola '' is an Artistic Movement born in 2018 created by Maestro Raffaele Ciotola. It aims to embellish famous people around the world in Rock style, with respect and without making fun of them. The style is to tattoo them especially from the shoulders towards the extremity of the neck to elevate their appearance to the highest aesthetic levels.
They also wear whimsical earrings that reflect the '' Rock Art Ciotola '' style, daring without ridiculing them but simply making them fascinating. Their media value is clear,  the Pictorial Current categorically expresses the need to treat them with tact and elegance, responsibility and respect. If we talk about Rock Art Ciotola, I invite my future disciples to use this style by putting the value of the character in the first place and not to ridicule him and then offend him in the eyes of society or make a caricature of him to the point of diminishing the clear objective of the Pictorial Movement.

The '' Rock Art Ciotola '' does not offend, but enhances!


La ''Rock Art Ciotola'' è un Movimento Artistico che vede il suo avvio nel 2018 ad opera del Maestro Raffaele Ciotola ed ha come obiettivo l’abbellimento in stile Rock di alcuni personaggi illustri provenienti da tutto il mondo.

Questa particolare linea stilistica esprime a pieno il carattere sensibile ed empatico del suo autore, vicino ad ogni forma di arte e di bellezza. Il Maestro Ciotola riprende le tendenze giovanili e le trasporta nella sua pittura, in cui il fascino del classico cesellato minuzioso e prezioso si accompagna ad un carattere trasgressivo e alternativo. Lo stile della “Rock Art Ciotola” si caratterizza per ritrarre i personaggi tatuandoli - soprattutto dalle spalle verso l'estremità del collo – con l’intento di elevare ai massimi livelli estetici il loro aspetto; inoltre, i soggetti ritratti indossano orecchini estrosi, osando look trasgressivi. Il fine ultimo non è ridicolizzarli né prendersi beffa di nessuno di loro, anzi il pittore vuole renderli affascinanti con massimo rispetto di ciascuno.
Il Maestro Raffaele Ciotola, con la sua Rock Art dà avvio ad un'arte anticonformista che utilizza la tecnica classica per esprimere il nuovo millennio Rock. La valenza mediatica di queste opere è chiara: la sua corrente pittorica vuole catturare la massima attenzione del pubblico; ma parallelamente esprime in modo categorico la necessità di trattare i personaggi con tatto ed eleganza, responsabilità e rispetto. Infatti, il creatore della Rock Art il Maestro Ciotola invita i suoi futuri discepoli ad utilizzare questo stile mettendo al primo posto il valore del personaggio senza ridicolizzarlo né offenderlo agli occhi della società e nemmeno farne una caricatura, perché ciò - al contrario - sminuirebbe il chiaro obiettivo di questo Movimento Pittorico: pur nella sua libertà creativa l’arte non deve mai offendere, ma unicamente valorizzare!

The artist Raffaele Ciotola  was born in Naples on the 17th of October 1964. His loving and receptive  family 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 "Filippo 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. From this battle, "The Madonna of the  homosexuals" came to life, it became the emblematic work of his  production and will be exhibited for the first time in the foyer of the  Mercadante Theater in Naples on the 18th of October 2014. So his  landscapes and his dreamlike hermetic metaphysical views of the first  period, they have been gradually replaced by works full of reflection  and judgment which are well received by public and by critics,  attracting the attention of Mr Jean-Louis Cougnon, Chief Excecutive at  General Managment of European Parliament. In 2018 he created a second artistic movement '' Rock Art Ciotola ''. It aims to embellish famous people around the world in Rock style, with respect and without making fun of them. The style is to tattoo them especially from the shoulders towards the extremity of the neck to elevate their appearance to the highest aesthetic levels. The work of art '' Italy Against Racism '' dedicated to the fight against '' Racism '' which was appreciated by correspondence by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.

* The work of art "Italy against racism" dedicated to the fight against "racism" which was appreciated by correspondence by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.

* '' San Bonaventura da Bagnoregio '' the work is exhibited in the Co-Cathedral of Saints Nicola, Donato and Bonaventura - Bagnoregio - Viterbo.

* The work of art '' Our Lady of Fátima '' is OFFICIALLY part of the Fátima Museum COLLECTION.

* Catalog of the international artists of Tuscia - Viterbo - Italy.

* Book '' Raffaele Ciotola and his vitalism '' Ediz. Mondadori, Feltrinelli, IBS, University bookstore.


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