Monday, November 11, 2019



AFAN Alessandro Fantini

Nystagma (rhyme of the stranded bride)

Oil on canvas, 30x55 cm. (2019)

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Open for commissions


Since I regularly get requests for affordable portraits and illustrations I thought to enable an online option allowing to submit your commissions through the Deviantart verified service. Currently you can commission black and white or color graphic art as high resolution digital files. All you need to do is to register as a Deviantart user (in case you aren't one yet), converting your money in points and select the desired commission. Check it out and let me know if it's a viable system for satisfying your artistic desires.


Sunday, October 6, 2019

A living tree means a living planet


 "A living tree means a living planet" is a collective international documentary conceived and directed by Khalid Mokadmine, a young filmmaker from Rabat. In April he reached me out online inviting me to contribute with a one minute video to his ongoing project about the relationship between humans and trees.

He had already invited several filmmakers from all over the world, each one representing a different country by telling a different visual story, and he still wasn't able to find a director from Italy available to shoot his own segment. As soon as he discovered I'm also a painter, he proposed me to figure out a way to feature one of my painting in my video. Trees have provided humans with the primary means of survival, therefore I thought it was essential to show how they can still be a precious "motherly" source of life for my own creations and (hopefully) the spirit of the humans inhabiting my country.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019




For the third consecutive year, one of my cinematographic works has been selected by the Selva Nera Film Festival of Padua. After "EDOnism" and "Malorda" it's the turn of "Draw in", a rural psycho-thriller I've filmed at the end of last summer as one of my "multimedianic" indie productions, in competition in the shorts section. A few weeks ago, near the same location, representing Italy, I also shot the segment of an international collective documentary film conceived and edited by a young filmmaker from Rabat that will be unveiled within September. A proof that even in the most remote corner of the deep countryside it's impossible to escape from the manifold depths of Self.


Saturday, July 6, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019

AFANzine - Blade Runner

AFANzine - Art as told by AFAN Alessandro Fantini


Glows of humanity in the night of the future

 Written, edited and produced by AFAN Alessandro Fantini

Music inspired by the soundtrack of VANGELIS composed by AFAN Alessandro Fantini

  In a 2019 technologically different from that imagined by Ridley Scott and Philip K. Dick, AFAN analyzes that one described by the film that in 1982 was able, in its own way, to prophesy the loss of empathy and the hyperconnected replicants loneliness of the current future. Between video-magazine and documentary, informative program and video-art, in this series conceived and produced for the web, the multimedianic artist AFAN Alessandro Fantini browses the art currents and the artists who have contributed to its aesthetic training over the years, affecting the development of his personal multi-faceted approach to creativity.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

EmPathmos - the new AFAN's album

"Nowadays Empathy has become the most rare and endangered human ability. Just like John the Evangelist got the revelation he wrote down in the book of Apocalypse while exiled on the Patmos island, so I got the inspiration to compose an album about the "apocalyptic" skill of mutual feeling in the era of exile in the evergrowing island of online solitude. The supreme revelation will come when humans will feel each other again without talking, judging or reasoning. The supreme revelation will come when humans will FEEL again. Then the book of the Empath will start with the breeze of an eternal snap."




Composed, performed, recorded, mixed and produced by AFAN Alessandro Fantini

 Lyrics, vocals and sound effects by AFAN Alessandro Fantini

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Leonardo or the irreplaceable sequence

Although I find it stingy to establish hierarchies when it comes to Art, I would not hesitate to put the whole human and creative story of Leonardo da Vinci at the top of my "pantheon".

Indelible is the memory of that huge tome dedicated to his work I received as a Christmas present in 1986. It wasn’t  the paintings, drawings or codes written with specular handwriting, that immediately impressed me, but the superhuman effort, largely disregarded, that Leonardo had accomplished throughout his life in tracing his intimate cosmogony, made even more heroic and romantic by  the state of draft of many of his most ambitious visions.


Later, I was fascinated by how that sense of sublime incompleteness, which found an admirable representation in the use of chiaroscuro, was rooted in biographical experience, reverberating in the enigma of his sexual identity. It was especially in the morphological whims of his drawings of storms, anatomical sections, battles and caricatures that I identified the germ of what would become my passion for graphic fantasies and visual inventions so familiar even to the painting of Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel and William Kurelek. In the same period, I found that calligraphic wit and colour mastery in the illustrations soaked with fairy-tale realism dedicated to the life of the Gnomes by the Dutch Rien Poortvliet, an artist who should be counted among the greatest figurative artists of the twentieth century. It was along this path that I finally reached the reign of Freudian fetishes, delirious hyperrealism and atmospheric compressions by Salvador Dali, galvanized as well by Leonardo and Bosch in the gestation of his stylistic code. A deoxyribonucleic chain of which Leonardo will always remain the most irreplaceable and acid "sequence".

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The breeze of an eternal snap

AFan Alessandro Fantini 

 The breeze of an eternal snap


Directed, edited and produced by AFAN Alessandro Fantini. 

Music, lyrics and vocals by AFAN Alessandro Fantini.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

AFANRAMA playlist



A collection of the best AFAN Alessandro Fantini's songs from his online discography (2011-2018).

1 Eleisong
2 Gartenmares (feat. Ariana aka Anna Vihonen)
3 Interlaude
4 Duende lux
5 Ignorancid
6 Glair Boat
7 Secrets of Gorgonia
8 Nyctalopia
9 Nothing but a fragment
10 A cyst of gem
11 Time Lash 



TRIEB 2019

AFAN Alessandro Fantini

TRIEB 2019  

oil on canvas, 40x40 cm. (2019)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Seeking absolutley nothing (Death and life of Salvador Dali)

Figueres 11-5-1904
Figueres 23-1-1989
Valle de la Sangre 23-1-2019

During the winter of 1992 I found myself walking in front of an open-air bookshop by the seafront of Pescara. I was looking for a book about cats. On the shelf above the volumes dedicated to felines, I saw a cover in which a bald man seemed to look for something at his feet, standing against a wide semi-desert landscape whose perspective receded to the sea horizon. It was the Salvador Dali's painting "The Pharmacist of Ampurdan seeking absolutely nothing”. And that was the cover of one of the first monographs published after his death. By a meaningful coincidence, someone had recently created a chalk fresco copy of Dali's "Corpus Hypercubicus" on the near square dominated by the Pietro Cascella's fountain "The ship". Until then I didn’t know so much about him. At 7 I just read a brief bio in an old book while stuck in bed for recovering from a fever. In the same period, I glanced at a framed print of “Woman with a head of roses” in the dim light of a room in my maternal uncle’s house. I felt there was something familiar and ominous in the mood of that image, as if it was a slide flickering from an age (not a different life) I lived prior to my childhood. That archaic feeling haunted my infancy, making me enjoy more the mysteries of places and books evoking solitude and distant past than the company of my playmates. Sometime when I was sick and alone in my bed leafing through artbooks, my cat stared at me from behind the glass of the French window. Only that non-human presence was able to share and preserve the magic of that solitude.
Somehow it was fateful that, while looking for a manual about cats I ended up buying one about the quest for nothing.
That enthralling Nothing was waiting to be populated by the hidden fauna swarming in the sea of Time in front of me.