Ernesto Notarantonio was born in Rome in 1967, where he lives and works.
As a child he had only one thing in mind: to draw. He would draw non-stop on school desks, on books, notebooks, paper napkins, in short everywhere.
He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist, but life leads him to more rational choices and far from his desires, and he graduates in Engineering.
The passion for visual communication and image, however, came back strongly in 2000, prompting him to study “Graphic Design and Advertising” at the IED in Rome.
Curious and restless by nature, in 2007 he began to study photography through a series of training experiences at Officine Fotografiche, and at the same time he attended two courses of creative writing at the Homer school in Rome.
From the outset, he prefers for his personal projects the black-white film, both in the 35 mm format and in the medium format 6 × 6, which he uses for his personal research on architecture and urban landscapes, expanded as a result of other introspective themes related to the art world in general.
In 2008 he began to use the Polaroid films, and it was love at first sight, so much so that over the years he became an important means of expressing his artistic vision, with an increasingly instinctive and artisanal approach to the analog world, trying to design casualness.
He is currently carrying out a personal project, which will be the subject of an exhibition in 2019, on Street Art in Rome, and consists of the creation of mosaics consisting of in stant Polaroid or Fuji films, on which manual interventions are performed with different techniques.
The research I have been carrying out since 2007 in a research on shapes, lights and shadows and their interaction.
Initially the research is focused on architecture and urban landscapes, with a metaphysical vision aimed at a personal interpretation rather than an objective representation.
They continue to have other themes, tools and techniques, more and more Polaroid and Fuji instant films, both as individual images and as mosaics, looking for an approach that is instinctive and creative aspects and less the purely technical ones.
Concerning in particular the works with mosaics in Polaroid and Fuji, the underlying idea is that of a visual interpretation of the subject, which is an architecture, an urban scene, a painting or a mural, which is first decomposed into the my head in many “tessera”, with a substanti al subdivision of the spaces, and then recomposed in the form of a mosaic with a “movement” of the subject of time decided at the time of realization. The work is then carried out with a manual intervention, even this one being strictly carried out, by means of manual techniques for wooden spatulas, metal accessories, acrylic paint, colored adhesives, and in some cases using mixed techniques.
In all my works the design aspect is certainly present, especially in the preparatory phase, but the most important part is surely that linked to extemporaneousness, instinct and the search for emotions as the sum of all influences and contaminations, especially those related to the unconscious.
The work that I attached, is part of a work / research that I’m doing on Street Art in Rome, and was made by photographing a mural with instant film Fuji up to form with the same films a mosaic composed of many “cards” that compose the final image, and then I made a manual intervention by applying colored adhesive tape in 3 points of the mosaic, to highlight and give my interpretation to the image.