By Lillian Linscott
After retiring from his job six years ago as a creative director, Ralph ‘Nunzi’ Annunziata decided to pursue his art full time. This year marks his fourth ArtPrize.
This year’s entry, titled “the Prophets”, is a collection of eight individuals who have influenced Annunziata’s “heART.” Each 2D depiction is created using acrylic, gel, and pencil on canvas.
“It’s a lot of fun, I love talking to people about my art,” Annunziata said. “I’m usually in the studio by myself.”
Annunziata is an artist who uses his art as a form of self-analyzation and hopes to ignite others to ask themselves some introspective questions. His art is accompanied by cards displayed at the sides inscribed with inspiring quotes.
One of those cards is a quote by Martin Luther King which states: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that, hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
Annunziata uses the words “naked intent” in his display. To him, it is a vital piece of not only his work, but his life as well.
“Naked intent is when I just bare my soul and heart to God,” Annunziata said. “The gift that God has given to me is what I have to give back.”
Artists use art to convey not only their personal messages, but also issues facing the world today or in the past. There are many art pieces depicting important historical or political figures, the economical or environmental climate, and much more.
“I am fed up with socio-political art making and just really appreciate art for art,” Annunziata said.
Annunziata’s eight canvases depicting people he has encountered in life are on display at Old World Olive Co., located at 108 Monroe Center in downtown Grand Rapids.