Raffaella Zavalloni was born in 1956 in Savignano sul Rubicone, Italy. She lives and works nearby in Cesena ITALY. Happily self-taught, she has been drawing and painting since childhood. After studying philosophy with a focus on aesthetics at the University of Bologna, she has designed and made theatre costumes, published naturalist guides of plants and animals, and painted tapestries. For about fifteen years corrugated cardboard and paper have been the focus of her artistic research.
"Seismography of The Soul", could be the title of the original works of this artist from Cesena, queen in the art of the metamorphic transformation of the paper and waved cardboard: a poor material transformed by her exquisite creativity into ocean floors and telluric landscapes with strong emotional intensity. (Marisa Zattini)
My childhood is a happy and close memory. I was born in a sunny room with a balcony suspended over the river Rubicon. The river was my landscape for 14 years, a panorama of clear and reassuring water in summer, frightening and dark in the currents of winter. It is here I discovered the pleasure of looking, watching the water running, and the return of the seasons, the life and death of animals, plants and flowers. Looking was like playing with one's eyes, open to shapes and colours, the real and imaginary wonders of a daily children's theatre all around me that made me feel like singing, dancing and drawing. I left my childhood at the river, but I kept everything: dancing, which still has a hold on me and makes me able to express shapes with my body. Singing, in a polyphonic choir, where they taught me that notes drawn on lines can be transformed into music and each sign is a sound that makes you vibrate while standing still. Looking has always been my companion, cultivated as a necessity, an inclination to respect and support, beatitude. And drawing as well: on rocks, pottery shards and the walls of my balcony as a child, or on fabric, paper, and wood as an adult.
And now corrugated cardboard, which is the focus of my search for its hidden riches. For me it is a simple, mutable material: it has two smooth sides and in the middle a secret, wavy soul. The light plays with its texture, creates shadows and moves them. It can be painted, peeled and modelled, creating shapes and volumes: it can be sculpted waves, braids, fans, and it changes as your vantage point moves. Left its natural Havana brown colour, even its name is evocatively beautiful; it is a discrete, meditative beauty. The use of colour reveals its mimetic nature: it becomes wood, plastic, or metal. Colour is a pure element, a thought. Colours that are at first glance contrasting and strident can create harmony, exalting each other in combinations of tone and timbre, like musical instruments in a symphony, or different voices in a choir. What I do has an emotional, instinctive cadence; yet working with cardboard is a technique that requires time and precision. It is an orderly material that accepts my chaos, it is the stasis that encounters my movement, and it is the time my art takes, closed and suspended in a still image. Because everything passes, everything has an end, finishes. Stopping the movement and leaving it there means exorcising the end, the passing. It's like trying to tell yourself that that movement, that form, that moment will not die. Painting and sculpture, like my personal search for beauty, of shapes that dance and colours that sing, in the flow of suspended time. Because, as Hillman writes, "Beauty is the way in which the gods touch our sense, reach the heart and attract us into life".
1996/2011 – Macfrut , Cesena
2006 - "Onduline", Teatro Bonci, Cesena
2007 - "Piccole Eternità", Il Vicolo, Cesena
2008 - "Sismografie", Teatro Bonci, Cesena
2009 – Clothes fashion show in TV RAI "Alle falde del Kilimangiaro"
2010 – Mongarte. Multiple recycling stories, Sogliano al Rubicone
2010 – Installazione "Farfalla", Macfrut, Cesena
2006 - Rassegna "della Natura", Il Vicolo, Cesena
2006 - Rassegna "del Labirinto", Il Vicolo, Cesena
2009 - "L'arte del riciclaggio", Il Vicolo, Cesena
2011 –"Dal fiore amato il frutto", Palazzo Rasponi, Ravenna
2011 –"Mosaico interiore", Santa Maria delle Croci, Ravenna
2011 –"Onde d'arte", Milano Marittima
2011 – "Gioielli d'arte", Bagnacavallo
His works are found in many private collections in Italy and abroad