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Anatomical and Floral: Art by Nunzio Paci

A painting of an anatomical human neck with florals where the head would beWhen the darkness is no longer frightening, pencil and acrylic on canvas mounted on board

Nunzio Paci lives and works in Italy, where he creates paintings, drawings, and combinations of the two that reference anatomical and scientific illustration while exploring abstracted compositions. In recent drawings and paintings, the artist combines anatomical and floral.

A mixed media artwork with a deer skeleton and floral elementsThe instability of flesh, oil and pencil on canvas


The slightly soft texture, and pastel palette of Paci’s images belies the painstaking detail that the artist crams into each figure. In recent paintings, the forms of animals -- foxes, deer, wolves, even humans -- are depicted in the partly-skinned or half-transparent method of scientific drawing. Yet they stray from become academic: instead, the artist fills in the space between skin and bones with lush bunches of flowers and plants that seem to spill out of the figure and take over the image.


Paci’s works remind me a lot of Kaylee Dalton’s, particularly in the way that both artists balance stark negative space with energetic masses of form and color. Paci also draws in black and white, incorporating that negative space directly into the forms of his subjects.

A drawing of a female face with flowers bursting out of itNostalgia for the day, pencil on paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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