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Sandra Rigali


Italy

4 Works exhibited on Kooness

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Works by Sandra Rigali

Monica Pop

2022

90 x 90cm

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The Queen Is There

2022

30 x 30cm

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Loren Pop

2022

30 x 30cm

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Callas Pop

2022

90 x 90cm

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Sandra Rigali was born in Lucca in 1965 and has always lived in Barga, the Tuscan village that Giovanni Pascoli has chosen as a beloved home, appropriating and infusing himself with the spirit of the place, today the custodian of its material and cultural traces.

Sandra Rigali graduated in Painting in 1988, with Loffredo, at the Academy of Florence. Back in Barga, she immediately opened the artist's studio to continue painting, obtaining a first response from the local public thanks to an exhibition that allows her to keep her research alive, mixed up between routine commitments and alternating life events. . To start a more expendable profession, he initially devoted himself to advertising graphics, obtaining the qualification for teaching in 1991 (artistic techniques and Munari workshops). Her vocation for the dissemination and sharing of art is already manifested during her academic career when, since 1986, she has participated as an expert in the various Image Education workshops at the schools of the Municipalities of Gallicano, Barga and Castelnuovo Garfagnana, in the province from Lucca. Thus a long-lived and diversified collaboration activity with institutions is established, with both educational, therapeutic and social purposes, as well as restoration and mural decoration. In fact, graphics and teaching alternate with frequent public commissions, which fit well into a personal research path already underway on social issues related in particular to the female world, nature and the territory, with the related implications of the psyche.

The female nude is a central theme in his research. In contrast to a representation of the body idealized according to current beauty standards, with a palette of colors linked to the land (and the territory), Sandra Rigali instead describes truthful and credible forms that a woman can grasp in the natural, solid and physical meaning. of inhabiting a female body that is spent in self-defense and procreation, in life against death.

She also revisits the Tuscan landscape tradition of the 1930s and 1940s, impressing her sensibility as a woman and all the grit of the new millennium on the subjects in bold colors, which emerge impetuously from the backgrounds, shouting her point of view in the foreground. In 2015 S / HE sees the light, a solo exhibition that contains all the feminine imagery of Sandra Rigali, from the nude to the portrait to the flower, from the full classical forms to the more subtle ones, from the strong earthy hues to the markedly bright colors, from indefinite backgrounds to decorated ones, to collages.
Proud and proud protagonists, the figures impose themselves, dressed or unveiled, with a strong stance on the current state of affairs, showing emotional atmospheres long preserved in the depths.

In 2017 the portrait returns to become central and becomes pop with Magnifiche Presenze, a project that takes up the glories of the Italian poetic, literary and musical tradition, in the figure of the fellow citizen poet Giovanni Pascoli in dialogue with the author Gabriele D'Annunzio and with the composer Giacomo Puccini.
Rigali tells his personal and collective story, updating the instances of a past that is still extremely alive, thanks to the verbal-visual clippings that dot the painted icons. In 2018 Rigali's nudes literally invade the streets with Intimacy, a project that incorporates the graphic experience in public posters whose character of denunciation is felt with greater force, revealing a natural intimacy often violated and passed off via the web as daily bread for the eyes, desecrating their spiritual meaning. Always keeping her studio in Barga, in 2019 Sandra Rigali also opens Arte al 24 in the historic center of Lucca, at 24 in Chiasso Barletti, one of the most vital crossroads in the city. In the same year, the Municipality of Gallicano entrusted her with the artistic direction of Paste-Up! 2020, public art with billboards in the streets of the city, and the creation of 3 large posters for the city.