~ anything can happen in a world that holds such beauty ~ Peter S. Beagle
Alessandro Fantini was born in 1978 in Sangro Valley, Italy. His creative inclination arose during his early childhood when he began drawing comics and writing tales influenced by gothic and decadentist horror authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Maupassant, Sheridan le Fanu, Lovecraft and Gabriele d'Annunzio. Disliking art school teachings, he learned oil painting techniques by himself and started painting his first canvases in 1993. During the nineties he developed his own visionary style blending the surrealist attitude with hyperrealism and Flemish painting methods. In 2002 he graduated with first class honours in modern literature with a thesis about the relationship between Italian culture and the PreRaphaelism.
Since 1998 he wrote, directed and produced movies and music videos digitally, composing also their soundtracks and writing lyrics for songs performed by himself. His short movies "Tiranti Transit", The Road to Shakti", "The Rain Frames" and "Nepente" were broadcasted on European Sky Channels. He wrote and illustrated the book "The Night's Veil"(2006) and the dark-fantasy novel "Endometria"(2007) both published by Liberodiscrivere and presented at the International Turin book fair. His self-portrait was published in 2004 inside the Jean Michel Jarre's "Aero" album booklet.
His artworks have been shown in several group exhibitions and solo exhibitions in Pescara, Turin and at the London Brick Lane Gallery.
In 2008 he released his first art book entitled "The Sinovial Gaze" covering more than a decade of painting activity. In September he's in Paris in order to find producers for his new ambitious original script for a biopic starring famous actress singer Rona Hartner.
In 2009 he directed and animated the music video of the international jazz musician Lorenzo Tucci's hit "The Sky". In May he attends the Cannes Film Festival, joining the premiere of the Terry Gilliam's movie "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" where he personally met the director. In August he released the novel "Cavalli marini sotto sclerotica - Seahorses under sclerotic", a neo-realistic story about two children who, after their first meeting in a small town of middle Italy, will grow up following two different life paths which will eventually coincide with the discovery of an inner truth they shared since their childhood.
In 2010 he wrote and directed the feature sci-fi/mystery movie "EDOnism" filmed in Tokyo and produced by Lorenzo Fantini.
In the same year he directed and produced the short movie "Epithell", a satirical thriller filmed in the Sangro Valley with a Full HD videoreflex.