What the heart wants and what the heart needs can be found in a Fabio Napoleoni painting. Nostalgia, sorrow, and moments that lift the soul are all there for the world to see and experience along with him. The vivid colors and captivating character invite you into an emotional ride that is welcomed by the mind and heart. Simple landscapes set the stage to the value of emotional attachment that can be compared to no other. Influences from some of the century’s greatest artists are hard to find in his pieces, but are drenched deep in the fabric of what puts a Napoleoni painting together.
It all started in Ponce, Puerto Rico 1972... Every child loves to spend time playing outside, but this was not an option for Fabio. From birth the artist suffered from asthma so horrific that several times a week he needed allergy shots to prevent severe asthma from consuming him. Many days and weeks were spent on the family sofa surrounded by art supplies given to him by his mother. An artist herself, she noticed that creating art came much easier to her son than it did for her. So, during the times that asthma overwhelmed him, she felt compelled to supply his creative side with the tools needed to flourish.
Many events influenced Fabio’s artwork but none more than the traumatic events that followed the birth of his second child. His daughter, born with major heart abnormalities, had to face several surgeries to correct issues that could prevent her from having a future. Overwhelmed with his daughter’s issues and surrounded by an emotional sea of sorrow from other parents in the same situation, Fabio grew. While his wife and daughter selpt, Fabio wandered the halls of the children’s care unitlooking for a spot where he could sketch out his personal thoughts. From those thoughts a new form of creativity was born. The doors to Fabio Napoleoni’s heart were opened for the world to experience.
It took a traumatic experience for Fabio to realize what he was missing in his work, and it was emotion. He had all the ingredients to create but none that captivated the soul. Whith his new ideas and old sketches in hand, Fabio added the last ingredient needed... Emotional Experience.
With his vibrant and bold use of colors along with many of his characters, Fabio has managed to create an emotional value to his art that had been missing. His paintings could have a thousand titles, and ever one would be fitting for the image he has created, but one thing is for sure. You will always find a beautiful heart in every piece of his work. A symbol of love for his daughter... She lives today and will forever in his art.
This Much and a Whole Lot More
You Make Me Better
You’re Always with Me
The Start of a Great Love Affair
The Passage Is Clear
Makes Me Think of You Every Time
All images © F. Napoleoni artworks