There is beauty in darkness. Cristoforo Scorpiniti, the self-taught Italian artist behind the Crisco Art, unveils the splendor of darkness with his series of the glow-in-the-dark paintings. We’re pretty sure you’ve never seen anything quite like these artworks. A painting that tells two different stories – that’s the concept behind Cristoforo’s works. With the lights on, the painting depicts a simple and calm image. But with the lights off, it reveals a hidden image that conveys a different story.
How did he create such magic? There’s no magic involved. Cristoforo uses phosphorescent paint to create his glow-in-the-dark paintings. This special type of paint contains luminescent phosphors that make them glow brightly in the dark. Just like most luminescent materials, phosphorescent paints also need to be charged before they start glowing. The phosphors in the paint charge during the day by taking in available light from the surrounding. When there are no lights around, the phosphors will then emit the light they stored. Hence, they appear to give out steady light for hours in the dark.
Most of Cristoforo’s subject on his glow-in-the-dark paintings are scenarios of the natural world. However, the natural world transforms into a magical world in the dark. Moreover, the illuminating artworks are also a reflection of his life.
“After about 3 years of casual and ill-paid work and yet another disappointment, I decided that I had to change something in my life.”, he shares.
In disappointment and failure, there’s still hope. This negative experience compelled him to enter a new world where he can unleash his passion for drawing. That is when he followed the path of becoming a self-taught artist. With his unique pictorial style, he started with color symbolism to depict naturalistic life with both simple and strong emotional impact.
“But I felt that something was missing, so I added a pinch of light. In recent years I have always thought that humanity was wrapped in a kind of darkness.”
True enough, his series of breathtaking glow-in-the-dark paintings was the spark of light in his life. He is quickly gaining recognition for his unique artworks as evidenced by his increasing fanbase on social media. As of this writing, his Facebook page has almost 1.3 million followers while his Instagram page already has 582,000 followers.
Take a look at his stunning glow-in-the-dark paintings below