Although it has disappeared from the important manifestations of Contemporary Art, painting has always continued to manifest itself through its graphic versions, occupying a very important niche in the art market.

Already after the Second World War this trend had imposed itself through the graphic versions of the works of the most important, figurative and abstract artists, without distinction. What was sold was the “signature” placed on the graphic version; then Guttuso but also Vedova, Schifano, Guidi and all the others (let’s talk about Italy, obviously).

These graphics were rarely born as original works, because an already well-known and famous painting by the artist was usually translated graphically. This was done by the graphics publishers, with skilled technicians and printers who carried out the whole process. The artist, the Maestro, only intervened at the end to sign the edition sheets.

Few and solitary the pure engravers who kept the ancient art of engraving alive, usually confined to teaching and in the second or third row compared to renowned artist-painters.

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On the market, a work performed by technicians, but with the signature of the famous master, reached prices much higher than the original etching of a pure engraver. Laws and mysteries of the Art Market!

Today I am following the evolution of both painting and graphics and I am seeing a recovery of painting-painting (though with little real innovation), and graphics (much more interesting and creative). There are artists who “pictorially” perform original graphics with surprising results. In practice, with the help of digital techniques, they manage to produce matrices, with pictorial effects superior to traditional painting itself. Conceptually we start from the experience of POP Art, but we no longer resort to the screen or lithographic tool for the reproduction of a subject, since digital allows a palette with an infinite combination of colors and the possibility of transferring the final result on any support (paper, canvas, plexiglass, etc.), and in the preferred edition number.

Among the artists working in this direction, Enrico Rinaldi is certainly one of the most innovative in terms of technique and content.

Present in our gallery and on our website, we are sure that his works will stimulate the public and critics to take an interest in this expressive research with surprising results. There are several portraits dedicated not by chance to characters with a strong POP value, other works are tributes to artists of the past, still others decline on the more demanding side of the “social”, with current issues.