"He likes to display in his works elements of everyday life, the nuances of nature, and the mystery of closed and illuminated windows. He invites viewers of his paintings to stop and witness the magic behind those windows and foliage, and to gaze upon the play of reflections and light"
Christian Aprile was born in 1951 into a family of artists; his mother was a milliner, and his father was a lithographer who worked for the most famous poster designers. This artistic family atmosphere became the basis for the formation of Christian Aprile as an artist and illustrator.
Christian was deeply involved in art from his youth. He attended one of the most prestigious French decorative art workshops on the Rue de Rivoli, Paris. After graduating from high school, Christian entered EPDI, one of the most famous universities in graphic arts and advertising at that time, the alma mater of creative directors of Parisian agencies. Starting his professional career in a Parisian advertising agency, he collaborated with companies such as Apple, Renault, BMW, American Express, Vichy, Fauchon, Paul, Galeries Lafayette, etc.
Finally, while working as a graphic artist in his studio, he found his style, felt the taste of drawing and lines, and created a wide range of paintings. He likes to display in his works elements of everyday life, the nuances of nature, and the mystery of closed and illuminated windows. He invites viewers of his paintings to stop and witness the magic behind those windows, facades, and foliage and to gaze upon the play of reflections and light.
In 2017, at the 42nd Salon of Fine Arts, as a member of the prestigious Maison des Artistes de Paris, Christian received the Van Gogh Prize for Painting and the Paris Mint Medal for his work “L’Eden”.
But besides his Parisian roots, Sicily, the cradle of his family, and Florida, where his relatives emigrated, are two great sources of Christian’s inspiration: palm trees of Tampa, American storefronts, colorful architecture, reflections of vintage cars. Between America and the Old World, between Italy and “Little Italy”, between the burnt sienna color and the vibrant colors of Edward Hopper, Christian Aprile creates a motley universe: hot and cold, populated and empty, ephemeral and detailed.
Christian Aprile has a clear view of our modern era of contrasts. His artworks are imbued with an atmosphere of Paris, of Sicilian heat that is the first to remind us of the beginning of spring, and of salty air languishing under the hot Floridian sun. Christian and his bright, contrasting palette of artworks offer viewers a new, modern perspective on the scenes of daily life and bring his energy, zest for life, and optimism.