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Original painting on A3 size woodboard. One of a kind. Signed and titled at the back. Unframed.


"Memento Mori 2.0" presents an intriguing evolution within the series, maintaining thematic consistency with the central presence of a skull while venturing into a new visual dialogue with the use of colour and patterns in the background.

In this piece, the skull is highlighted by a golden aura or halo, which immediately evokes religious iconography, particularly that of saints and martyrs in Byzantine and Renaissance art. This association elevates the symbol of the skull from being merely a reminder of death to a possible allusion to transcendence or sanctity. The lilac hue of the skull contributes a unique and less traditional quality, deviating from the natural or sombre colours often associated with bones, introducing a contemporary and perhaps more personal element.

The background is distinctly more geometric and structured than in the previous version, with patterns that suggest influences of graphic and decorative design. The use of repetitive shapes and complementary colours creates a sense of order and visual rhythm. The inclusion of circular elements could be interpreted as symbolism of eternity and the continuous march of time, both themes closely related to the concept of Memento Mori.

The colour palette is bold and vibrant, with a combination of pink, turquoise, and golden tones that provide a contrasting vitality to the depiction of the skull. This could be interpreted as a reminder that, although death is an inevitable part of life, life itself is vibrant, diverse, and valuable.

In terms of composition, there is a clear layering with the golden section at the bottom providing a solid foundation for the work, upon which the skull appears to float. This could symbolize how traditions and cultural foundations support our perception of life and death.

Altogether, "Memento Mori 2.0" plays with classic iconography in a modern and personal way. It feels like a celebration of life as much as an acceptance of death, merging the ancient wisdom of Memento Mori with an aesthetic that is fresh and contemporary. As a continuation of the series, it introduces variations that are both coherent with the first work and promise a rich and diverse exploration in future pieces.


Important notes

  • All the artworks are signed, titled, and dated on the back
  • You will receive a Certificate of Authenticity dated and signed, to grant the uniqueness of the artwork


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