Image of a Sudanese refugee and her baby in a camp painted in the RGB system with panspectra colors

Davide Cantoni, woman with child, Sudan RGB Panspectra (2023). Acrylic mediums and panspectra pigments on canvas. 40 x 59 in.

Using photography as a basis for both the burned drawings and interference paintings, the artist creates works that while mimicking photography in their form, are also firmly rooted in the traditions of fine art. Drawings are made by sensitizing paper with pencil, and then exposing it to sun light through a lens, and the paintings reveal themselves as both positive and negative images depending on where they are viewed from as a byproduct of the reflective qualities of the paints used.

In his most recent works Cantoni is recreating parts of printed news images as paintings using what is normally considered the digital color system RGB (Red, Green, Blue) making a foray into the inevitable shift of information form the analogue world into the digital.