Born in Rome in 1960, Fantini has had a long and varied career in the arts, working as a professional ballet dancer, actor and photographer as well as painter and sculptor. He spent 14 years traveling and living outside Italy, a period that included long sojourns in Asia and in particular Tibet, before returning to Rome in 2000. Fantini’s travels have had a strong influence on his creativity, contributing to a primitif quality in his early work reminiscent of ancient tribal art.
Fantini’s latest paintings rely on an elaborate layering technique which is often combined with cloth insertions. His trademark featureless-faces, black outlines and simplified areas of color create an authenticity that speaks directly to the viewer and has won him a large following in Italy and abroad.