Antonio Santin’s paintings of carpets seem to hide something dark, cover something up – only revealing a silhouette. He himself understands his hyperrealistic paintings as still lifes. Since he enjoys adjusting the fabric’s proportions the paintings are very large, measuring up to more than three meters. By deconstructing and reinventing the essence of certain textures and weaves of the textiles, he creates an effect that easily raises ones hackles. He states: ‘Inanimation characterizes the painting but it is the beholder who gives or takes breath away.’
The paintings are based on photographs he takes himself and manages, despite the fact that hyperrealism seems to be incredibly popular these days, to create something new.
All images © Antonio Santin