Saul Zanolari was born on September 18th, 1977 in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Since he was a child art and its forms of expression have intrigued him, above all painting. He’s always been more attracted by the content than by the surface of things. This is why he’s never attended art school but rather graduated in Philosophy in 2004, specifically in History of Classic Rhetoric. He switched his interest from traditional painting to digital painting in 2005.
The work of Saul Zanolari seeks to treat and render the essential structures of life tangible through a unique process of composition (which incorporates traditional painting skills with digital editing) that he deploys in the production of his high finish pieces. In line with orthodox post-structuralism thought, Saul believes that what is expressed in his work cannot be done adequately through the medium of language; being fundamental in nature his themes cannot be fully realized, but rather indicated through metaphor or image, in the manner of the finger pointing at the moon.
Saul’s work reflects a twisted and sinister cartoon version of the world in which we live. He reinvents celebrities and pop icons to investigate the growth of human being. One of his latest projects is a digital fresco about the Sistine Chapel – an accurate reproduction of Michelangelo’s painting but without religious and censorious aspects towards nudity.