Streetpainting.tv went out to the Italian Street Painting Festival in San Rafael, California to meet street painting artists, festival directors, and fans at one of the top street painting festivals in the United States. Here are some of the streetpainters that we caught up with during the event.
This is Anthony Cappetto, street painting artist from New York City (and from streetpainting.tv) having an opportunity to perform the art form much discussed on the websites of Innovative Street Painting Group, Inc. Anthony has been street painting at the festival since 2001.
Anthony's 3-D street painting 'Topiary' celebrating the Youth in Arts theme for the Italian Street Painting Festival being the 'Spirit of Youth'.
Streetpainting.tv is happy to share some of the highlights of the festival, starting with some new street painting work from Bruno Fabriani. Bruno, visiting from Verona, Italy street painted 'The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa' sculpture originally created by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini.
Here is Bruno at work building up the layers of chalk needed to bring the depth and texture to this piece. Bruno's space was sponsored by the Girotondo Italian Preschool and Kindergarten in Marin County.
'The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa' by Bernini as interpreted by Madannaro street painting artist Bruno Fabriani.
Here we have Juandres Vera, a visiting Mexican artist from Monterrey, Mexico, street painting for the first time in the United States at the Italian Street Painting Festival in San Rafael, California. Juandres was the winner of a trip to the Youth in Arts Festival through the Festival Bella Via, Mexico's largest street painting festival from Monterrey in October 2007. At Festival Bella Via, Juandres re-created a section of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel inspired by the version performed at the Youth in Arts Festival in 2003.
Juandres reproduced the artwork 'Flowers of Mexico' by Alfredo Ramos Martinez during the Festival Weekend for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin, the sponsors for Juandres street painting space at the Italian Street Painting Festival by Youth in Arts.
The street painting festival, now in its fifteenth year has over 200 artists who participate at all levels of experience to help Youth in Arts in its mission to bring arts to the schools and to the community in San Rafael. Streetpainting.tv was able to visit some of the fine street painters who look forward to donating their time street painting to make the festival a continued, growing success. Street painting artist Arnold Shimizu reproduce this beautiful interpreation of traditional Japanese art for the crowds.
This is street painting artist Cecelia Linayao using depth and shadow techniques for her piece of her own creation showing a young child creating his own masterpiece in the backdrop of the Mission San Rafael Arcangel, a recognizable item of this well known and respected street painting festival.
This portraiture rendered with high detail by street painting artist Cuong Nguyen was met with lots of crowd appreciation throughout the Festival. Cuong is well known in street painting for his meticulous attention to his portraits in chalk.
Genna Panzarella, an original Featured Street Painting Artist from the very beginning of the Italian Street Painting Festival created a Bouguereau and Titian inspired piece in her collage style with additional subject items such as her own horses. The inspiration of Bouguereau and Titian can be seen in what the Festival called '...joyous portrayals of children...'.
Adjacent to Genna was Sara Mordecai, who is well known in the street painting community for her colorful, beautiful works in the USA and internationally. Sara's street painting portrays a woman floating over the night sky in San Rafael spilling the stars for all to see and experience.
Both Sara and Genna have attended and medaled at the Incontro Nazionale dei Madonnari in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy. Sara medaled in the Simpleci category in 2001, and Genna was promoted to the highest Maestro status at the Grazie Festival.
The Festival was well attended by the San Rafael community, supporting the hundreds of artists, performers, sponsors and volunteers who donate their time, talent, and effort to make the Italian Street Painting Festival the success that it is. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, artist, performer, or volunteer for the Festival, please feel free to contact Youth in Arts in San Rafael, California.