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Raffaello Somazzi Presents Cosmic Portraits at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit




S Gallery at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit is currently hosting a new exhibition of ‘Cosmic Portraits’ by Raffaello Somazzi.

The solo exhibition is a showcase for the work of the gifted Swiss artist, who has been creating symbolic art from his home in northeast Thailand for more than ten years.



The good-humoured and spiritually-minded artist created his first cosmic portraits in 1985. Subjects included Queen Elizabeth, Brigitte Bardot and Caroline of Monaco, as well as collectors and friends to whom Raffaello dedicated his research. The portraits were not based on the physical appearance of people, but on intimate personal data related to environmental values.



Raffaello Somazzi’s work is built on historical foundations and attempts to provide visual poetry through his intimate relationship with colour.

“As luck would have it, I was catapulted to Thailand and rural Chokchai, fulfilling my dreams as a young man to be estranged from the hectic pace of consumerism and to devote myself entirely to the search for the primary values which uphold the life of mankind," says Raffaello.



Mr.William Haandrikman, General Manager of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, said, “S Gallery is the only art gallery in a 5-star Bangkok hotel. Inspired by French art and design as part of the Sofitel’s four pillars philosophy, the high profile exhibition space helps emerging and established Thai and European artists reach an appreciative audience here in Thailand.  Raffaello Somazzi’s vibrant exhibition of Cosmic Portraits is an intriguing collection of images that reflect a deeply personal response to life.  We are delighted to be able to display his work at S Gallery.”



Raffaello Somazzi’s creative work will be on show until 6th April, 2016.

Cosmic Portraits by Raffaello Somazzi

Colour is an essential part of how we experience the world, both biologically and culturally.

Sir Isaac Newton developed the first circular diagram of colours in 1666. Since then, scientists and artists have studied and designed numerous variations of this concept. One of the earliest formal explorations of colour theory came from the German poet, artist, and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who in 1810 published Theory of Colours.

One of Goethe’s most radical points was a refutation of Newton’s ideas about the colour spectrum, suggesting that darkness is an active ingredient rather than the mere passive absence of light. Light and darkness, brightness and obscurity, or if a more general expression is preferred, light and its absence, are necessary to the production of colour.  Colour itself is a degree of darkness.



Personal data collected varies from person to person according to the social environment, family, relationship with nature and the ethereal enveloping our globe, the solar system and planetary zodiac, as well as the cosmic immensity that surrounds each of us consciously and unconsciously. The reality of these “Inter relations” starts with the first moments of our presence on earth.

Personal data is translated in form and colour - as symbol of our "self". The portrait thus becomes the mirror of this multi-relationship between mankind and cosmos.  These values are then translated into colours and shapes, following an ancient method of connection between the alphabet and the sun, the moon, the planets, the zodiac and the cosmos.

The technical event of the theory of light refraction and chemical formulas embodying the pure colours: magenta, yellow and cyan, offers the possibility to compose an infinite palette. This palette of colours gives the possibility of joining the ancient theories. Thus it was born an interpretati
on and an assembly of the various theories of colours and shapes from the Greek philosophers to the alchemist schools.