From a very early
age an innate creative force led him to experiment with the
potential in different expressive mediums.
Instead of playing with his young peers, he was infused by an
irrepressible urge to "meddle" with any surface or support,
cutting or drawing with a wide range of tools: nails, pencils,
colours, chalk, charcoal or anything else on rigid surfaces or
sheets of paper, an unconscious will of self-affirmation.
This formed the basis for his first timid and still
insecure pieces of work that did however indicate a precise, harsh
style and a marked sensitivity to chromatisms. This characteristic
was to accompany the artist's work even in adulthood.
In 1989 he moved to Modena where he began working as a
primary school teacher. "Working" with
children was no random choice as they provide him with energy and
stimulation with their spontaneity and expressive freedom that has
not yet been tainted by the awareness of reality gained in
After later moving to Bologna, he gained important experience in
theatre, dance and particularly in the Zen disciplines that
gave him a new direction and a new philosophy.
His paintings from this period reflect a greater refinement
of the sign and colour that still keep their impetuosity. Works
that are more reflective and meditated or, rather, a more
reflective, meditated attitude that aims to capture imperceptible
emotional threads, signs and languages of the inner world.
His current creative process features an apparent dystonic
duality: the search for a pictorial
synthesis and language and, at the same time, the thorough
saturation of the surface. The necessity to, almost surgically,
extrapolate fragments of life in order to then
transpose them and dilate them to a wide scope within his
own experience; the urgency to abandon himself to his instinctual
origins in search of age-old matrixes and possible
equilibriums between nature and reason.
These two tendencies converge precisely by
being so different from each other and enter into a highly
effective symbiosis that speaks of men and his contradictions.
Stefano Fanara lives and works in Bologna. He has a degree in
Pedagogy from the Literature and Philosophy faculty and is
specialised in Special Pedagogy for
teaching disabled children.