A lot of us may not be familiar with Federico B. Alliney, but those in the entertainment industry certainly know who he is. You see, when director James Cameron was looking for somebody to create the world of Avatar, he turned to Alliney to create it for him. So really, if you’ve seen the movie, you should know that Alliney has his imprints all over it.

That being said, one manufacturer has likewise turned to the artist for some help, only this time, it’s not to create a world of over-sized blue creatures, but for a collection of artworks featuring some of its most iconic models.

Alfa Romeo, together with Federico B. Alliney, have created the “Cross and the Snake” collection, seven pieces of art that highlight some of the most beautiful Alfas in history, including the Carabo concept, the Disco Volante, and the BAT 9. Each car appears with a unique location set against a number of backdrops, including a Texaco gas station, an abandoned greenhouse, a race track, an Avatar-esque jungle, and, of course, the Bat Cave.

Each of the artworks will be limited to 30 reproductions so if you find any of these worth buying, you better act fast before all of the pieces are scooped up.

Press Release after the jump.

Press Release

The love story between the artist and Alfa Romeo starts from when he was a boy, he say’s "in my family since my ancestors there have always been Alfa Romeo’s".

For him the cars of the snake have always had a spiritual content which cannot be found in any other car brand, "it is as if they are animated by an own life" he says, "choosing an Alfa is a choice of faith, not merely a choice between one car or another", "It’s as if these cars are linked to our inner self and to the essence of the earth, I have never been able to explain this rationally and from there my research continues, but these mechanical sculptures transcend the simple notion of movement, they are something vital transmitting emotions and attracts us to them", "Their lines are always original, the simplicity of certain details which are perfectly balanced. And then there is the most perfect encounter between aesthetics and mechanics. The mechanical elements do not seem to result from an engineering exercise but have their roots in a work of art which rises above the limits of its body and its invisible aura". This is exactly the starting point of the artist’s research: to capture le subtle connection between the object and its soul which makes its shapes vibrate.

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About the collection

The artist explains, "I started from this inspiration to create a collection of paintings which would transmit the characters of the cars and highlight their aesthetic elements. I wanted to transport the onlooker inside my paintings. For this intent I use a pictorial technique which I have developed as movie scene designer, painting with light, superimposing layers of light and shadow which compenetrate each other. The result of this treatment is then elaborated with pictorial techniques to make stand out the smallest details of the painting.

The artist concludes, "the shapes which have inspired Alfa Romeo projects derive directly from the times of the knights of which they remain the last representatives, I refer to the aristocratic emblem which adorns their noses or the shape of their rims, and to the perforations which recall the rose windows of renaissance churches, and, also, the triangular decorations and the cross-sectional lines which clearly recall the emblems of knights tournaments, and, finally, the Alfa Romeo logo itself with the cross and the snake from which the collections draws its inspiration.

"Painting with light"

Federico B. Alliney, a passionate collector of automobiles, realizes his paintings with digital techniques applying his concept of "Painting with light", in which matter is interpreted as a superimposition of layers of light and shadows, resulting into images inspired by pictorial and photographic tradition but incontrovertibly more vibrant of life due to the strong fluidity of the light.

The movie experiences have shaped Federico B. Alliney’s artistic style and knowledge of imaginary worlds. In his works he extrapolates the true nature and the spirit which animates the object of a painting by putting it into the context of its ideal world: the challenge lies into the interpretation of the profound meeting of shape and colours, extracting and valorising their aesthetic content which unconsciously attracts us to them. The artwork is completed by inserting the object into its world to amplify its real and most profound essence.

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Federico B. Alliney for Official Alfa Romeo Art

Federico B. Alliney has realized seven artworks for Alfa Romeo Official Art titled: "Disco Idro", "100", "Dorian Red", "Indomabile", "La Bella e la bestia", "Route 66" and "Una serata a casa". For each car he develops and imaginary world in which its aesthetics and "soul" are brought to life and distilled to their real essence. The different settings include Venice, a tropical jungle, an iconic gas station, a race track and a futuristic super hero "living room".

Each artwork is limited to only 30 fine art giclée print reproductions world-wide. The collection is available for purchase exclusively on www.alfaromeoart.com.

Alfa Romeo and Cultwork

The Alfa Romeo Official Art Collection is an artistic venture between Alfa Romeo and Cultwork. Cultwork is a unique lifestyle fine art brand and publisher which creates official fine art editions in collaboration with iconic brands.

Source: Alfa Romeo

Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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