We all are in transit from one place to another and it is in between these two states that we tell our story.
I’ve experimented with a number of different art forms such as, sculpting, drawing and painting; I also have a strong interest in industrial design and studied furniture making. I have always admired artists who create art using different medias and I have always aspired to be one of them. One day, I came across paper cut art and found it to be the best match for the type esthetic I wanted to create. My Roman Catholic upbringing and interest in iconographic design compelled me to experiment with paper to try and recreate the feeling of stained glass windows, like those found in Catholic churches.
Growing up in Italy, and having a devoutly Catholic mother, I spent many Sunday mornings in The Basilica di San Marco in Venice, which was our local church. It is there that I first experienced art through the icons of various saints and the Virgin Mary displayed throughout the cathedral. I have always been fascinated with the iconographic style and with the relationship between religious worship and contemporary obsessions. Often these two worlds collide, and the result is a society that displays religious devotion for modern fixations.
Italians venerate an endless numbers of saints and pay special reverence to the Virgin Mary. The devotion to each saint is specific to the type of preoccupation you are afflicted with. In my art, I attempt to capture the similarity between Catholic worship and veneration of religious figures with obsession with social networking and the idolatry of internet popularity. In a way, theorizing that the internet has become our modern-day religion; social networks are our contemporary churches; and internet celebrities have becomes the saints and Virgin Mary of today.
The Midway Gallery, San Francisco, CA. "Bombay Sapphire Artisan Competition Northern California Regional Semi-Finals". October 2016. (Group Show)
Natural Canabis & Slate Contemporary, Oakland, CA. “Ten Zen Garden Art Party ”. June 2016. (Three People Show)
Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA. “Mimicking Tecnologies ”. June 2016. (Three People Show)
White Walls Gallery, San Francisco,CA. "Bombay Sapphire Artisan Competition Northern California Regional Semi-Finals". October 2015. (Group Show)
La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA. “Marvel vs DC”. July 2015. (Group Show)
Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA. “U Have 2 Name Him Jesus”. May 2015. (Three People Show)
ArtAttack SF, San Francisco, CA. “Third Annual Hello City Group Show”. March 2015. (Group Show)
Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA. “A Common Thread”. February 2015. (Group Show)
111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA. “Portraits of Strangers, Someones & Nobodies”. February 2015. (Group Show)
Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. “Close to the Heart”. February 2015. (Group Show)
Awaken Cafe, Oakland, CA. January - February 2015. (Solo Show)
Pro Arts, Oakland, CA. “Friends with Karma”. February 2015. (Group Show)
Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, CA. Reaction: Annual Juried Show. January 2015. (Group Show)
Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA. Collective Stories. December 2014 (Group Show)
Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach,CA. Bring Us Your Dead-Dia de los Muertos. November 2014. (Group Show)
Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA. Annual Day of the Dead Show. November 2014. (Group Show)
Marin Society of Artist, Ross, CA. Fresh Art Competition. September 2014. (Group Show)
ERA, Oakland, CA. “AVE MARIA”. September-October 2014 (Solo Show)
Gallery M Squared, Houston, TX. “Paper Cuts II”. July 2014. (Group Show)
Port City Gallery, Portland, OR. “An International Mail Exhibition”. July 2014. (Group Show)
Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR. “The Living Mark”. July 2014. (Group Show)
Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s, Rochester, NY. “6x6x2014”. June 2014 (Group Show)
Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, Joseph, OR. May 30, June 1, 2014. (Group Show)
Pro Arts, Oakland, CA. “Box Art 2012”. October 2012. (Group Show)
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Regional Winner 2016.
First Prize Fresh Art Competition. September 2014. Marin Society of Artist, Ross, CA.
Hi-Fructose Magazine, “Carlo Fantin’s New Hand-Cut Paper Works, “U Have 2 Name Him Jesus #Annunciation”” by Caro Buermann, 2015.
The Huffington Post, "Insanely Intricate Hand-Cut Paper Artworks View The Internet As Modern-Day Religion" by Priscilla Frank, 2015.
Furiamag, “INCREÍBLES OBRAS DE PAPEL CORTADO A MANO POR CARLO FANTIN QUE MEZCLAN LA RELIGIÓN Y LAS REDES SOCIALES” by Juan Davis Gomez, 2015.
Designboom, “Hand-cut paper by Carlo Fantin unites religious art + social media culture” by Nina Azzarello, 2015.
Supersonic art, featured artist, January 26th 2015.
Hi-Fructose Magazine, “Carlo Fantin’s Paper-Cut Works Poke Fun at Our Devotion to Social Media” by Nastia Voynovskaya, 2015.
365 Artists 365 Days Project, featured artist for Monday, January 2015.
Quite Lunch Magazine, “Socioreligious” by Akeem K. Duncan, 2015.
East Bay Express, “Getting To Know You” by Sarah Burke, 2014.