The combination of marble art, classicism, and tattoos is a choice repeated several times in the works of the modern artist, Fabio Viale, such as in the Laocoön. He changed the iconography of the original art sculpture by subtracting the figures of his sons.
Provocative when necessary, his modern sculpture work expresses the poetics of displacement and often intends to create a fracture. Italian sculptor Fabio Viale uses a refined, cultured, eccentric, and extraordinarily contemporary approach to historic art sculpture-making, which he interprets in a very personal language in his modern art creations.
‘In addition to illustrating all 7 deadly sins, Giovanni di modena placed the figure of Muhammad among the damned in hell, as early as in 1400. And the terrible thing is that he also wrote his name, this makes us understand how hatred was already present and is a constant in human history.’says the artist about his marble sculpture pieces.
Viale believes that the images that come to us from the past do not belong to simple contemporary art sculptures: they are icons, they are symbols, which have been able to resist in time. He doesn’t think it’s a matter of aesthetics or content, but rather of survival during the historical periods.
For these art sculpture pieces, he didn’t want to simply paint the tattoos all over the sculpture. He worked with chemists, and in collaboration with them, found the best technique to make it look like paint on real skin.