Dardari, Alfano Alfredo(Italian, 1924-1988)
Alfano Alfredo Dardari was a surrealistic painter born in Meldola, Italy in 1924. He painted using the Trompe-l'œil (French: "trick the eye") technique. This involved using extremely realistic imagery to create objects that appeared to be three dimensional although they were on a two dimensional surface. His work has been described as "metaphysical hyper realism.” His paintings tended to consist mainly of still-life depiction containing roses, cigarettes and wooden matchsticks which appear to have just been put out, with columns of smoke rising up from them. He also painted clown scenes. His works were exhibited in Italy and the U.S. He received the Golden Brush Award in 1979. He died in 1988.

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