Raphael Appignanesi graduated with a First-Class Honours BA in Illustration (awarded Best Student in Narration) from Sir John Cass, Metropolitan University, London, 2013 and gained an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art, 2018. He has served as studio assistant to internationally renowned artists in Rome, Naples and London.
He has curated and exhibited a printmaking show at the Mill End Art Pavilion, Wondering Eye, London, 2013 and participated in two group printmaking shows at the CGP Gallery London 2017 and 2018; at the Bankside Gallery of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and was awarded Anthony Dawson RE Young Printmaker Award (second place) and is Winner of the ELP prize at The National Original Print Exhibition. He has exhibited in three of The Masters Printmaking shows at Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and was selected as part of the Travers Smith CSR Art Programme from his RCA degree show. He has recently exhibited works in Lost in Europe: in the wake of Britain’s inner emigration, Vienna, 2018. He has been shortlisted for the Signature Art Prize and is a winner of the RE Gwen May Recent Graduate Award, 2018.
His art spans the fields of landscape, symbolism, mythology and dreams as explained in his artist statement:
“I work in the areas of symbolism, mythology and dreams. Mythology and dreams are two sides of the same coin and for me the remaining psychology in modern times relevant to the communication of unconscious realities hidden below the surface of everyday life. These unrecognized symbolic states act like a deep undercurrent of gravity influencing us collectively. Psychoanalysis understood our primitive connection to myth but which also occurs in ecology, where the interconnectedness of all things in nature is an absolute condition of the earth’s survival.
I also explore these psychological states topographically in landscapes and modern urban conditions. These conditions of crisis, uncertainty, and accelerated transformation of cityscapes find echo in my composition of space and reflect the hidden undercurrents of myth and symbolism.”