Raffaella Schlegel

BACKGROUND

Raffaella Schlegel, born in Castellanza, Italy, was destined for a career in fashion design. Not only did living so close to the fashion capital of Milan contribute to her success in fashion design, but also her exposure to a family member with a similar background in the industry. However, Raffaela began honing a different passion in her younger years. She was drawn to the water at an early age involving herself in competitive swimming. Her efforts came through as she made the Italian National Junior team at only 12 years old, then the National team when she turned 14. This experience really nurtured Raffaella’s love for water.

Upon successfully completing both Art & Design and Fashion Design diplomas at the Institute Marangoni in Milan 25 years ago, she has since been extremely active in the design industry. Although actively building her career in fashion design, Raffaella continued to indulge her passion for water, discovering a love for diving as a result of numerous diving expeditions alongside her father. Holidays and weekends began to be filled with diving activities and travel. Once an Italian swimming champion, Raffaella has evolved into designing beachwear for big brands such as Arena and Speedo to materials design for Celine, Trussardi, Fendi as well as the design of the Chanel Sport Collection in Paris. Raffaella also had her hand in design projects for Mini Cooper, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo and Fiat, and sportswear for Salomon & Nordica. 

ARTWORK STYLE & PHILOSOPHY

Fish, amphibians and mammals are the subjects of the images taken by Raffaella. The images are printed on fabric, with a multitude of effects and variations. Sometimes the subject is clearly identifiable. Sometimes it becomes abstract and exaggerated in its proportions. Sometimes the focus is on a single and specific detail - such as the scales, gills, or ampoules of Lorenzini (the sensory organs of both sharks and rays) - and the image becomes a purely graphic element. The chromatic palette reflects the richness of the reference world: a kaleidoscope full of hues - light or deep - between blue and bright blue, coral red, natural tones, sand gold, as well as the intense tones of the earth and bush landscape. 

photographies

Hands And Nets, 2017
Hands And Nets, 2017

Fine art print on Hahnemuhle paper Edition of 20 100 x 70 cm / 39 x 27,5 inches

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El Pescatore 6, 2017
El Pescatore 6, 2017

Fine art print on Hahnemuhle paper Edition of 20 100 x 70 cm / 39 x 27,3 inches

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Waving Above, 2017
Waving Above, 2017

Fine art print on Hahnemuhle paper Edition of 20 100 x 70 cm / 39 x 27,3 inches

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The line, 2017
The line, 2017

Fine art print on Hahnemuhle paper Edition of 20 100 x 70 cm / 39 x 27,3 inches

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Elegance And Power, 2017
Elegance And Power, 2017

Fine art print Canson Infinity paper Edition of 10 100 x 140 cm / 39 x 54,6 inches

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Drift Nets, 2017
Drift Nets, 2017

Fine art print Canson Infinity paper Museum waterproof on canvas Edition of 20 148 x 70 cm / 57,5 x 27,3 inches

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Peace In The Sea, 2017
Peace In The Sea, 2017

Fine art print on Hahnemuhle paper Edition of 20 100 x 70 cm / 39 x 27,3 inches

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Coral, 2017
Coral, 2017

Fine art print Canson Infinity paper Edition of 20, Fine art print Canson Infinity paper Museum waterproof on canvas 126 x 90 cm / 49 x 35,1 inches

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Dancing With Mantas, 2017
Dancing With Mantas, 2017

Fine art print on Hahnemuhle paper Edition of 20 100 x 70 cm / 39 x 27,3 inches

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Shark Line Up, 2017
Shark Line Up, 2017

Print on crystal PVC; Edition of 10 180 x 120 cm / 70,2 x 46,8 inches

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Purple Flower In The Darkness, 2017
Purple Flower In The Darkness, 2017

Lightbox Edition of 5 100 x 140 cm / 39 x 54,6 inches

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Hunting In The Morning, 2017
Hunting In The Morning, 2017

Fine art print on Hahnemuhle paper Edition of 20 100 x 70 cm / 39 x 27,3 inches

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The View From The Other Side, 2017
The View From The Other Side, 2017

Fine art print Canson Infinity paper Infinity paper Museum waterproof on canvas Edition of 10 90 x 134,5 cm / 35,1 x 52,45 inches

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Recycling, 2017
Recycling, 2017

Fine art print on Hahnemuhle paper Edition of 20 100 x 70 cm / 39 x 27,3 inches

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Ice Power, 2017
Ice Power, 2017

Print on 3D crystal PVC in plexiglass theca Edition of 10 45 x 31 cm / 17,5 x 12,09 inches

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