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Miracle of Armando Tanzini

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Miracle of Armando Tanzini

Somewhere very far away, at the end of the world, a New Year’s Eve miracle happened. On December 30 I met an amazing person, architect and Artist with a capital letter – Armando Tanzini.

For many decades, Armando has been saving the people of Kenya from poverty, he builds schools, hospitals, and gives jobs to those in need. However, there is something that the Kenyans give him – inspiration for creativity. All his works are imbued with the spirit of Kenya, its joy, happiness, pain and problems. Many of them were created using ancient African wood and metal processing techniques and technologies. His work combines the primitive culture of East African “tribalesque” art with an Etruscan theme to accentuate the importance of the close connection between the western and African cultures.

Biography

He was born in 1943 in Livorno. Subsequently he followed courses at the Artistic High School of Florence, the Fine Arts Academy in Rome and the Fine Arts School in Paris. He won the Prize Viareggio, the Prize Fattori and the Prize Piombino. In Paris he took part in the student movement of the 1968 under the banner of Creativity in Power.

He was young and hunting for the wild animals of Africa was in vogue among the Europeans of that time. But having lived in Kenya for several years, Armando realized the horror of what was happening and the need to ban the hunting of wild animals, which causes irreparable harm to the region’s ecosystem. After a couple of years he created an important Foundation called ‘Do Not Forget Africa’, and received the UNESCO prize in 2000.

Nowadays

Now, in his house you can see a lot of works not only on the topic of hunting, but also on environmental pollution. A series of works “Seafood”, created jointly with his students, clearly makes clear the percentage of “living elements” and plastic in the ocean.

Armando is most known for his Map of Africa. He uses dozens of textures and materials to bring the continent to life on his canvas. Tanzini’s vision of Africa is very different from the majority of European artists. He sees Africa not as an exterior land but rather the fulcrum of all civilizations. Africa is not just a geographical area, it is a central point fully connected to the universe. The West gives little time to understanding that Africa gave birth to us all… but like a mother, she waits patiently…

Our project is very lucky to cooperate with such an amazing person, meet the new face of Haute Art – Armando Tanzini!

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