octavia monaco

OCTAVIA 

MONACO

Octavia Monaco

Octavia Monaco was born in Thionville in northern France in 1963. When she was six, her family moved to Bologna, Italy, where she currently lives and works.

 

After an initial experience as a goldsmith, Monaco decided to change course and focus on art and illustration. Although she enrolled at the Bologna Academy of Fine Art, her skills are largely self-taught. Books illustrated by Monaco have been published across the world including England, the United States, Japan, Korea, France, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Finland and Germany. In 2005 she was invited to participate in a group exhibition at the Museum of American Illustration in New York, which was followed by a solo show at the Storyopolis Gallery in Sherman Oaks in California. She was also selected for the 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide catalogue in 2005. She has received numerous awards, including the 2004 Andersen Prize as "best illustrator”.

 

Monaco creates a poetic world rich in evocative and archaic symbols, drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as medieval imagery, the unconscious mind, surrealism and Oriental philosophical theories. The female figure forms the focal point of much of her work, conceived as a magical and mystical creator of life and world mother.

PAINTINGS

ANNUNCIAZIONE 2018 | Acrylic on wood | 27.5 x 47.2 in Price: € 6,000

SIBILLA ORACOLANTE 2018 | Acrylic on wood | 27.5 x 33.5 in Price: € 3,900

SACRIFICIO IN EROS 2018 | Acrylic on wood | 35.4 x 55.1 in Price: € 5,800

MATRICE AURORALE 2018-20 | Acrylic on wood | 35.4 x 59 in Price: € 6,000

ANIMA MUNDI IN MUNDI (REGINA MADRE NERA DEL SILENZIO) 2018-20 | Mixed media on wood | 35.4 x 59 in Price: € 6,000

PROMESSE AURORALI 2018 | Acrylic on wood | 31.5 x 23.6 in Price: € 3,500

DEA SIVE NATURA 2019 | Acrylic on wood | 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 3,200

SIGNORA DELLA DANZA 2016 | Acrylic on wood | 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 3,200

DOMINA DI OGNI ORIENTE 2018 | Acrylic on wood | 35.4 35.4 in Price: € 4,500

DOMINA 2018 | Acrylic on wood | 23.6 x 13.8 in Price: € 2,300

ANTENATA. INVESTITURA IN SOGNO 2020 | Acrylic on wood | 31.5 x 31.5 in Price: € 4,000

RUGIADA. MISTICA DELL'EROS 2018 |Acrylic on wood | 31.5 x 31.5 in Price: € 4.000

Octavia monaco

DREAMLAND
Acrylic on wood | 27.5 x 43.3 in
Price: € 4,500

DRAWINGS

Canto dell'Eros

This series of drawings entitled Il Canto dell’Eros (The Song of Eros) was created in 2013. Using acrylic, oil and pastel on paper, Monaco explores the theme of Eros, drawing on Oriental, esoteric and alchemical influences.

VERTIGINE NEL MONDO 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

DE-SIDERIO 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

ESTASI AMOROSA 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

TAO D’ACQUA 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

STELLA DANZANTE 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

Tessiture

This series of drawings entitled Tessiture (Textures) was created in 2013. Using acrylic, oil and pastel on paper, Monaco explores the theme of Tantra and its literal meaning of “to weave”, implying the interweaving and interdependency of all things and events to create the rich tapestry of life.

CAVALCATURA 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

REGINA ALBOREA 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

SIRENA PARTENOPEA 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

EVANESCENZA 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

OLTRE 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

LA MENADE 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

SPAZIO SACRO 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

CONOSCENZA 2013 | Acrylic, oil and pastel on paper 27.5 x 19.7 in Price: € 1,500

Liturgie

This series of drawings entitled Liturgie (Liturgies) perfectly captures the poetic, symbolist style of Monaco, who has worked for many years as a book illustrator.

LITURGIA 2013 | pencil and acrylic on paper | 9.8 x 9.8 in Price: € 1,100

PASSEGGIATA 2013 | pencil and acrylic on paper | 9.8 x 9.8 in Price: € 1,100

ESODO 2013 | pencil and acrylic on paper | 9.8 x 9.8 in Price: € 1,100

PASSAGGI 2013 | pencil and acrylic on paper | 9.8 x 9.8 in Price: € 1,100