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Meet Raquel Fornasaro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Raquel Fornasaro.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where I worked in video and digital advertising. After many years, tired of the commotion that is São Paulo, I moved to the US. The plan was to spend a year here before getting to my final destination, Italy. After 3 months in the country I met my husband (also a Brazilian) and the plans changed. One year became many and that fling became a family.

Feeding to the American dream cliché, I decided to follow my passion: I have been working as a full-time artist for over 3 years now.

My work has been shown in multiple venues including selected museums, the Boston City Hall, BU, Harvard’s Crossing Gallery, and the MIT Media Lab. In July my work will be back at City Hall, and in September I will have a show at the Beacon Gallery in SoWa.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’m not sure one can ever say life is easy or smooth. Though, I’m very thankful for the opportunities I had. I believe one can help Fortuna by being ready and willing to work.

Building the art practice as a sustainable business may be my biggest struggle now. Trying to understand myself as an entrepreneur was the first step. It seems a simple task but business doesn’t come naturally to me. At the moment my goal is to work on the set up of a business that can support the commercialization of my artwork.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Raquel Fornasaro – what should we know?
I’m a figurative portrait artist specialized in oils on canvas and digital photo-manipulation.

My personal work is very conceptual. That is tied by the fact that I see the role of the artist as a historian and storyteller. I’m very ideological and that is clearly reflected in the art I produce. I see each and every one of my works as more than a piece of art. They are the headline of an idea. Welcoming the interest and reflections of the public, I make my work to be accessible without the feeling of chaos and confusion that art sometimes offers.

Apart from my personal art practice, I also offer commissions, working closely with clients to get exactly what they are looking for.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The clear approach of my paintings generate captivating visual results that resonate with most. Rich with symbols, science and mythology, I aim to create narratives that questions the social understanding of our relationship with the space we inhabit, drawing the viewers through an humorous inquiry into the prospects of life and the environmental system around us.

Regardless of what specific theme I may choose, the one predominant component on my work is my attempt to raise awareness for the actions of our species towards the environment. Dealing with social and environmental issues I engage the public with paintings that not only are beautiful but also tell the story of our moment in time.

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Image Credit:

Little Prince, Digital Art
Arid, Digital Art
Panta, Oil on Canvas
April Giraffe, Oil on Canvas
HypnoBaby, Oil on Canvas

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