VINCENT FANTAUZZO
Born in England in 1977, Fantauzzo came to Australia as a child and has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) and a Master of Fine Art from RMIT University, Melbourne. Using a medium of oil on canvas, Vincent paints figures in the pictorial space and often draws upon techniques used in other art mediums such as photography and film to create narratives. Through the use of contrasting elements of light and dark, shadows and colours, he creates depth in his images and heightens the realism and theatrical effect. His painting of Heath Ledger before he died has become a iconic symbol of the actor.
30 Portraits / 30 Days / Hong Kong
Vincent Fantauzzo and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery
Hong Kong shines in its diversity. With a fervor that is vertiginous, this city is like no other. As an artist in residence with the 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Vincent Fantauzzo captures a slice of Hong Kong in his project 30 portraits/30 days/Hong Kong. Unlike visiting a city as a tourist the grueling pressure of finding his subjects forces him to really look at and into the people of a town. Fantauzzo paints figures in the pictorial space using techniques in photography and film to create a narrative. Through the use of contrasting elements of light and dark, shadows and colours, he creates depth in his images and heightens the realism and theatrical effect. In 2008 and 2009, Fantauzzo was named the winner of the Archibald People‚Äôs Choice Award, the prior one being a painting he had done of Heath Ledger, just before his death.