For many people in the public eye, plastic surgery is the Emperor's new clothes. It is used to add a new veneer of skin to a PR personality. We are always unsure how many layers of plastic public figures use to create their PC persona.
In his artwork, Zanolari sucks out the botox, unpicks the stitches and removes the fake public face from his subjects. He shows us the vulnerable person behind the mask. His collection of images contains a surreal 2D wax museum, made of a mixture of fantasy and reality, thoughts, concepts and images. The digitally remastered psyche is embalmed forever in its frozen world. Zanolari creates a new artistic amalgam - not photography, not digital imagery, not painting, but a complex fusion of all three.
Saul Zanolari first exhibited in 2005 in a gallery in Milan. His works are now featured in permanent collections in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Basel, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo.
The artist lives in Morbio Inferiore, by Lake Como, and shares his time between Shanghai and Switzerland.