BELLINI

Passion and purity of the heart guide a Bellini line that began in the 15th Century and continues to this day. Master artists such as Jacopo Bellini and his sons, Gentile and Giovanni Bellini, were considered the greatest Venetian painters of the Renaissance. Their master works are honored and housed at the finest museums in the world, from the Uffizi  to the incomparable Louvre in Paris, to the Splendor of London's Royal Museum.

 

Following the Bellini artistic heritage Vincenzo Bellini's masterful operas such as Norma and I Puritani captivated the opera houses of Europe during the late 1800's. All of them embraced the ideas that resonate today in Bellini's mind, body and soul.

 

Bellini (b:1937) began his education at an early age of twelve under the tutelage of precision artisans who taught him the artistic disciplines from the violin, to the voice and at last the canvas. Each of these gifts blossomed in testimony of his enduring faith and soon gained a following in Europe and the United States.

 

Along with his developed artistic skills, Bellini's voice matured into a finely tuned instrument that was heard in concert and recital halls around the world. At the age of fourteen he started performing; at the age of seventeen he made his professional debut as a tenor. Yet it is Renaldo's gift for the brush, and his fascination with colors, that led him to combine the traditions of the Old Masters with the feel of the modern, offering the world a legacy for the future.

 

The paintings of Bellini exemplify a style and methodology that go beyond the empirical world. Yet it is the simplistic beauty of the paintings that draws the casual observer into a new dimension. It is this dimension that defines his paintings as masterpieces of such exquisite detail that words fail to explain the beauty within each masterwork.

 

The essence of the Renaissance masters has combined with the artistic vision of a Bellini Masterpiece to create a new genre within the oil painting medium.

 

The Renaissance masters glazed as a means of highlighting specific areas to give the painting spatial perspective, the third-dimension effect.  Bellini has taken the genesis of what the Renaissance masters have done and applied it to the whole canvas. Yet this still fails to grasp the true meaning of how he paints. Every object within the painting has at one time or another been every other color. As the last brushstroke is applied do we see the actual color of the object. Yet it is the layers of color underneath that take the painting into a fourth dimension. To attain the fourth dimension each single layer of pigmentation is glazed and sealed. After which each layer is allowed to completely dry before another layer is applied, of which there are more than a thousand different layers and literally millions of color combinations. Moreover, colors are not premixed to create a different color but layered on canvas one pigment at a time with a glaze in between to achieve the desired colors. Thin glazes separate the pigments and allow the artist to place every color within every aspect of the entire canvas until the desired effect is achieved which is why it takes up to five years to complete each single masterpiece.

 

His works, represented in major private collections throughout the world, reflect a man who has given us paintings and a vision that pay homage to the Masters of the past. He painstakingly applies thousands of thin layers of pigments each sealed with myriad of thin glazes that create millions of hues of color that shift and change with each flicker of light. The multi-dimensional feel of the finished masterpiece leaves an indelible sense that a new art form has been born.

 

His commitment, sacrifice and unselfish nature to create a vision bestowed upon him by God from a humble rendering to the final brushstrokes, has rewarded him with that which he believes is the desire of all true artists, to serve their fellow man through their gifts. We are blessed to behold a piece of the past that unveils a banquet for our senses and a blessing to our souls…a splendor captured only in the art of Bellini.