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Roberto Osti
updated: 01/27/2012
website: www.robertoosti.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Holy Spider
Organic Conspiracy
Intelligent Design
Carpe Diem
Horror Vacui
Species Confusion
Biomandala
Panopticon
Deconstruction of a Werewolf
Agnostic's Flight
Shaman in Spring
Harlequin
Petri Kiss
Wish you well
Beaver Head
 
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Holy Spider by Roberto Osti
Holy Spider
Watercolor, gouache and colored pencil on paper
2011
20"" x  30"" 
Organic Conspiracy by Roberto Osti
Organic Conspiracy
Watercolor and colored pencils on paper
2010
23"1/2" x  20" 
Intelligent Design by Roberto Osti
Intelligent Design
Red and black crayons on paper
2009
27 3/4 " x  22 " 
Carpe Diem by Roberto Osti
Carpe Diem
red and black crayons on paper
2010
40" x  30" 
Horror Vacui by Roberto Osti
Horror Vacui
Red and black rayon on paper
2009
20" x  14 1/4" 
Species Confusion by Roberto Osti
Species Confusion
red and black crayons on paper
2010
16" x  14" 
Biomandala by Roberto Osti
Biomandala
red and black crayons on paper
2010
16" x  16" 
Panopticon by Roberto Osti
Panopticon
red and black crayons on paper
2010
14" x  14" 
Deconstruction of a Werewolf by Roberto Osti
Deconstruction of a Werewolf
Watercolor on paper
2008
18" x  16" 
Agnostic's Flight by Roberto Osti
Agnostic's Flight
Watercolor on paper
2009
33" x  66" 
Shaman in Spring by Roberto Osti
Shaman in Spring
watercolor on paper
2008
78" x  52" 
Harlequin by Roberto Osti
Harlequin
watercolor on paper
2008
57" x  52" 
Petri Kiss by Roberto Osti
Petri Kiss
Watercolor and colored pencils on paper
2010
5"1/2" x  5"1/2" 
Wish you well by Roberto Osti
Wish you well
Watercolor and colored pencils on paper
2010
5"1/2" x  5"1/2" 
Beaver Head by Roberto Osti
Beaver Head
Graphite on paper
2010
7"" x  7"" 

Artist Statement

The scope of my research is about testing the natural boundaries of the Body and Mind as they have been defined in time by the arts and sciences and to inquire into the need we have of projecting the Self beyond our physical limits into a higher dimension.

The latest innovations in the fields of science and medicine have opened new doors in the endavor of self-analysis: cloning and genetic manipulation can potentially give us the ultimate tool for self replication that up until now has been achieved through the traditional and more natural means of sexual reproduction and cultural arts. Now we could project into the future a physical copy of ourselves by means of cloning, finally challenging the biological limits that always cramped our desire for immortality. But in breaking those limits we also would permit the darkest projections of our Ego to become real: improbable therianthopes, unviable creatures, Hollywood monsters.

In creating the "Hybrid" series, I produced a set of "Scientific Sublime" monsters that could escape from our Myths into the real world and obtain the paradoxical effect of science becoming irrational: the insomnia of rationality produces monsters.The replication of the Self not just by cultural means but also in the body, in the flesh through the latest scientific techniques, clearly has mystical implications, but it also describes the inward moving spiral manifested by our oversized ego. 

My work, through the re-appropriation of mythical creatures, represents a symbolic hybrid whose intent is to prompt a reaction by stimulating the viewer's subconscious, always mantaining a certain irony; my monsters are never pretentious and didactic, but rather tend to make fun of themselves and, as our own projections, of us. 

Artist Bio / CV

Born: Bologna, Italy 1959

Education: New York Academy of Art, NY,  Master of Fine Arts cum laude 2007

Bologna University, Italy, Superior School of Anatomical and Surgical Drawing, cum laude,1982

Teaching: University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Visiting Professor

New York Academy of Art

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 

Drew University, Madison, NJ, Adjunct Professor, Caspersen Graduate School.