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[portrait painting pastel by Roberto Castellini]
"The Carpeaux," charcoal drawing of a plaster cast
by Roberto Castellini,
(the cast is a cropping of an original sculpture by Carpeaux)
Roberto used the classical Sight-Size Method
to create this original drawing

About the Artist
Roberto Castellini

"I was born in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy, on 19 December 1973. In my teenage years, I enrolled in a language lyceum, where I studied English, French, and Italian literature, along with a little history of art. It was only in 1999, when I moved to Stratford on Avon, England, that I had the opportunity to enroll in part-time classes in drawing at the local college.

After some time I decided to study art full-time and I moved to London, where I attended the Heatherleys School of Fine Arts for a year. Although I could draw from the model every day, I felt that I was not receiving the training that I desired.

I then became aware of the existence of "classical schools" in Florence, Italy, and so I moved there. I first studied at the Angel Academy of Art, but it was at the Charles Cecil Studios that I would gain the understanding I craved. In this atelier I could benefit from a thorough training in the classical techniques of drawing and painting. Specifically, I began to learn the "Sight-Size" technique, a way of painting used by the masters of the past, such as Rubens, Van Dyck, Velázquez, and the "British School." This valuable approach allows the painter to stand back from the easel and depict the object to scale in a proportion true-to-life.

Back in England I taught drawing and painting for a while at Stratford on Avon College, where I had started.

My artwork has been exhibited in Stratford, London, and my native Santa Margherita, and my work is in private collections in both England and Italy. I split my time between Italy and England. Currently I am working in a studio in Florence, Italy."

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