The new pictorial cycle of Raba combines aspects of his previous production with greater and deeper attention to the concept. Made of mixed technique and acrylic, the works tell the identity of this world inside a glass bottle. Raba is an urban painter, he can not renounce the skyline that is dear to him and congenial since he has worked in the urban concepts for years. His cities are colored with new elements, designed, studied, and very well made, which are natural and artificial at the same time.

 

They are worlds under glass, closed jars where life flows without even being aware of being trapped. Worlds in part made of water, where the stillness of the sea is broken by massive icebergs, symbol of the human mind whose dark part (the submerged one) is yet to be discovered. Man rarely appears in these compositions, it is the viewer who has to imagine everyday life or the stories within these microcosms full of details. The compositions are loaded of symbols remaining painting of Bosch dense plots full of curious elements typical of the international Gothic style, but emptied by the spirit of their time to celebrate a new, modern and contemporary sacredness. The architectural geometries contrast with the precise and poetic nuance of the sky and the result is an elegant balance that unites chromaticism.

 

The final thought, however, goes to these urban structures suspended between real and oneiric, in which origin and evolution are inexorably confused. Miniature lives that would need to get away to see reality for what it is: a single chain of people and energy. Take the distance from ourselves to understand the whole, change perspective to assimilate a new vision of us and our world.

 

This is the artist’s invitation, born in Leeds, lived in Sardinia, Florence, Milan and currently residing in Switzerland. Raba has created calm but powerful and extremely evocative images that we appreciate at first glance the pictorial, graphic, poetic aspect and then penetrate and lose ourselves in the intricate worlds of hidden signs and meanings. 

 

Giacomo Pisano