The Heroine’s Journey of Raffaella Bertolini

What is the best thing that I love about my work? That “zen” like moment I get when I am totally engaged with my artwork and i am in that perfect place with no time and space and worries.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? That “Zen” Moment I mentioned before ..
What is my greatest fear? Fear itself
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? my insecurities
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? There are so many – Zachary Walsh, Pam Glew, Matt Small, Gianluca Pisano, Hush, Marlene Dumas, Mark Demsteader to name just a few
What is my greatest extravagance? Art materials especially oil paint, everything related to art
On what occasion would I lie? To avoid social situations, avoid  offending people or cause concerns
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The amount of frustration when I feel that the artwork is going nowhere and I have to start all over again..
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Every time someone has taken the time to write to me to tell me how my work had an impact in their life or why they feel connected to a certain artwork
If I could, what would I change about myself? My extreme shyness
What is my greatest achievement in work? I am in constant “learning mode” so every time I get good results when trying to get a certain effect or painting techniques that I am researching.

Where would I most like to live? Last year I visited Cadaqués , the famous village in Spain where Salvador Dali used to live most of the time, and it was the first time I thought to myself ” I could live here!”..but I am quite happy in London as well.

What is my most treasured possession? Last December I was able to buy a painting by Zachary Walsh, one of my favourite artists, I would say that painting is my most treasured possession at the moment.

What is my most marked characteristic? I am not sure, maybe I am too sensitive and moody
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I love Shoreditch for the street art, quirky shops and markets.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I don’t have a favourite place, depends of what i feel like really, generally speaking I like dirty punk/rock/goth venues to have a drink..(not to
What books influenced my life and how? I would not say they influenced my life, but the books that stayed in my mind are many- “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho for it’s spiritual message, “Artemisia“by Alexandra Lapierre , the story of Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the first women artists of the 17th century  to get recognition, a time when a woman wasn’t even allowed to get an education, she was pretty extraordinary.
Who are my favorite writers? Paulo Coelho, George Orwell, Italo Calvino,Edgar Allan Poe, Niccolo’ Ammaniti, Stephen King, just to name a few.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? David Bowie, Velvet Underground, Patty Smith,Joy Division
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Wednesday Addams
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My mum and my nan
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Vertigo
What role plays art in my life and work? Art is my life , it’s what defines me
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My partner, my mum and a couple of collectors who bought a few pieces from me.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I have been collaborating with a few bands for their cd cover design and most recently with American author Laura Albert and Pepperspraypress to create 40 limited edition prints based on her books, I have also created an artwork for “The Exorcist”  production at The Phoenix Theatre in London through Dark House Studios, I would not mind to do more similar collaborations.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Mark Demsteader
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I am working on a new series of paintings at the moment, I am experimenting with new ideas and approach,  based on a mixture of abstract and figurative, so I am looking forward to develop this new wave of inspiration..
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Dark House Studios in Northumberland Avenue, London and  SeeSpray a brand new gallery opening in May in Hastings, East Sussex, specialising in contemporary urban art.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It’s like Rock& never dies..:)
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Rosso Emerald Crimson (Rosso), Diane Goldie, Emma Caton, Indie Matharu, Cherie Strong,Sally Jones, Julia Everett, Sara Lucas.
How can you contact me?
Website :

Instagram: @raffaellabertolini
Facebook: raffaellabertoliniart
Twitter: @raffaellaartist

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