Raffaele Coletta loves to express himself through the fascinating media of oil paints, and the different possibilities that this medium offers. He uses and mixes it using brushes, palette knife, rags, fingers and more.
His interest in art revolves around how human bodies and minds work, and everything in between.
Raffaele has experimented with the human form in many ways that challenge the norm about the connection between body and mind. Creating surrealistic images in most of his paintings, he explores expressions of human emotions and feelings.
As his painting and experimenting process developed around the human mind, Raffaele's works started to reflects his own thoughts and emotions, in which his subtle portrait can be related to the viewer.
Raffaele is currently working on a series of paintings that challenge the relationship between the conscious and unconscious minds, and the archetypes that rule the unconscious.
The archetypes are innate patterns present in our collective unconscious (as defined by Jung), since prehistoric times. The archetypes have been identified and grouped by the psychologist and researcher Stefano Benemeglio, to summarize, in three symbols: Pole, Triangle, Circle.
Raffaele studied Psychology at CID CNV in Milano to better know the process behind human emotions. This allowed him to create a new series of paintings based on the knowledge of the most intimate emotions of the human soul.
Raffaele also studied Art in Italy and obtained his BA (hons) Fine Art from London South Bank University and an HND in Graphic Design at the City and Islington College, London.