Taking inspiration from his travels to the Mother Continent, internationally acclaimed creator Raphael Mazzucco has launched his first major UK exhibition since 2019. Curated in collaboration with leading art retailer Castle Fine Art, Raphael’s brand-new collection entitled Grass Roots is the result of two immersive years in his Connecticut studio repurposing materials from his extensive exploration of Africa.
Inspired by his travels, this brand-new striking series includes 40 original, hand-embellished artworks adorned with hand-written quotes and iconography. The series reflects and celebrates Raphael’s love and respect for the continent, capturing the grasslands, native wildlife and one of the ten natural wonders of the world, the Maasai Mara.
Commenting on his brand-new collection, Raphael Mazzucco, said:
“Working on this new series felt like going through my old diaries. All of these particular images hold great meaning and memory for me. My previous collection was photographed and created during the springtime before the pandemic, focusing on beauty, warmth and the vibrant colours of nature. This collection was created over the winter months during COVID, which gave me time to deep dive into my archives and rediscover all these special pieces. It’s a series I’ve always wanted to do.”
In order to capture the sepia palette of The Mara effectively in his artwork, Raphael added pigments and spices – local to the areas – he visited into his compositions. Each layer of paint applied to his photography is the product of complete spontaneity, making his style as organic as the materials he uses.
Ian Weatherby-Blythe, Group Managing Director at Castle Fine Art, comments:
“We are so pleased to be working with Raphael on his latest awe-inspiring collection. Grass Roots is nothing less than exceptional; it awakens the senses and allows the viewer to journey alongside Raphael on his travels. These original pieces capture the beauty of the natural world in Raphael’s signature style and are the perfect addition to any collection.”