Carolina Raquel Antich
Carolina Raquel Antich was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1970. She moved to Italy in the late 1990s and is currently based in Venice, where she works mostly as a painter. She won the Italian Youth Art Prize in 2005, and exhibited at the 51st Venice Biennale. In recent years she has held solo shows in New York, London and Lugano, and exhibited at the Rome Quadriennale in 2008.
Antich's work often features pre-pubescent children - slender youths getting excited over war games, or portraits of girls whose expressions betray an ego that is just starting to awaken. These paintings not only reflect the innocence and artlessness of childhood, but also a fickle emotional temperament that can sometimes turn into savagery or perversity.
Her previous solo show held at Art-U Room in 2007 featured mostly works with a restrained palette and sense of translucency, but here Antich has chosen to employ more vivid colors that recall illusionary landscapes that seem to have come out of a child's dream.
[Image: "Night Fishing" (2009) acrylic on canvas, 55x42cm]