Gianfilippo Fancello, a self-taught Italian artist born in Cagliari, started his relationship with art when, at the age of 20, he began to be interested in the language of photography - notability, he visited numerous museums and exhibitions, meeting different artist who make him develop a certain passion for aesthetics and the field of visual arts. Moreover, he lived for years in London and Munich, during which he interacted with different cultures and people, deepening his direct experiences with the world of art through fairs and exhibitions. Hence, after these international experiences, he decided to return to Italy, settling in Milan, where opportunities for a successful career are generally offered. After an academic path that led him to obtain both the degrees in international relations and in economics, he immersed in the world of work but, in 2022, he lost his job and, in a moment of difficulty, he was faced with frustration of spending months without a salary, dealing numerous interviews that would not lead to new concrete opportunities. Gianfilippo began to reflect on his own period of difficulty and failure to find a new job soon. After all, one learns from an early age that to be successful it is necessary to have an excellent job with a substantial salary that allows abettor integration in society. In other words, being socially accepted and achieving the dreamed "happiness" is crucial. But what exactly does success mean?
Challenged by a certain social obsession with success, the dialectic between success and failure brought a lesson with it: failure can be a great adviser. It seems absurd to say that frustration teaches much more than success, however, failure teaches how the idea of being successful above all else is outdated and misleading. Teach not to fall into the temptation of vanity, try to look at yourself with different eyes. From his frustration, Gianfilippo got the stimulus that finally led him to start his artistic activity, creating and immersing himself in pieces of cardboard collected on the street. As a self-taught artist, he discovers and investigates the materials he chooses: acrylic colors and oil pastels. From this moment on, he paints to express his frustration, as well as his feelings, his anger and indignation with the world. He paints and draws dozens of notes taken during various interviews, producing a kind of atonement for his pain during that period.
"My creativity journey starts by writing words down on cardboard, sheets, and canvas. This process of thinking by writing down words leads to the subject I want to paint. Every time is like a new discovery for me because I do not know what will appear from my paintbrush. Words help me paint. Without them, I cannot really create something meaningful to me. In my works, I mostly describe feelings and expressions of craziness, astonishment, rage, and desperation because I think they are deeply truthful when used to describe life. They reveal the dark side of people and society. By painting my stories, I am showing what I think about the world around me, taking off the mask that most often covers its real aspect."