A scintillating collection of fun & erotic photographs that are weaving their way into the pop culture of the 21st century. Fine art photography. All images copyright © Victor Spinelli Archive
The inspiration and symbolism behind “Diver UP” refer to the Age of Aquarius, where metamorphosis and spiritual awakening lie in the air. The combination of an industrial helmet juxtaposed against the feminine form in its purest state highlight the contrast of man-made versus Mother Earth. The motif shows the Goddess freeing herself of the controlling force that has been imposed on her, a metaphor for society, history and mankind. The intention of “Diver UP” is to open up a conversation about a new world of equality and, within that, the divine feminine goddess celebrating womankind and mankind in unison. A beautiful new world that invites/allows/accepts/celebrates everyone for their individuality as part of the NOW.
I created the Original image of Diver UP on the magical Isle of Ibiza, in 2005. The connection between Ibiza and Burning Man is a very beautiful and spiritual one. Both with their own cacophony of pirates, merrymakers, hippies, and all other sorts of funny little earthly beings.
The 2019 Burning Man Diver UP was made from wood at 8 feet and we torched her on ‘The Mans' ashes after he burned. This was a metamorphoses of sort because now we are planning to bring her back to Burning Man in 2020 as a giant 24 + foot interactive steel structure.
Please stay tuned and please donate if you wish to be a part of this vision of mine. The donation buttons are on the bottoms of the page below.
With deep appreciation,
Victor Spinelli :)
Shown here is the Bronze (Edition of 33). The Bronze with 24K Gold plating (Edition of 12). A Bronze with a Pure Silver plating (Edition of 12). A bronze with a Chrome plating. (Edition of 33). The Burning Man Diver UP with her burning. And some resin pieces.
Celebrities that have sat for me. All images © Victor Spinelli Archive
Celebrities , Hollywood , TV , Film
STOP PRESS: Next viewing will be on Dec 13, 2019 at the Xposed Gallery, on The Highline in NYC, and the first showing in 5 years of the complete collection.
Synopsis of the project: As human development continues, we are endangering many species on the planet and driving them to extinction. Therefore I have learned to reassemble (articulate) real animal skeletons and skulls and put them on crosses that I have designed and built. The process of learning to articulate these skeletons and my foray into sculpture has been very enlightening.
CRUCIFIXION before Jesus was originally intended for prisoners of war, criminals, adulterers and slaves, etc, etc. And we are treating many animals as slaves for our diets.
Does extinction have a cost?
This series consists of 5 environmental art sculptures that I assembled to help further critical awareness of our fellow sentient beings on our planet.
1-The Walrus Skull is 50 years old, has 18 inch ivory tusks with Native scrimshaw carved into them. A cultural artifact in itself.
2-The African Lion skull is quite significant becuase of its unfortunate status of almost being endangered.
3-The 8 foot American Alligator skeleton is positioned similar to the Egyptian God Sobek.
4-The first skeleton that I completed was the Monkey. I thought that being a primate it would be easiest but it still took me 40 hours of research, drilling and wiring to complete.
5-Finally, I put together the Lynx Bobcat. Another beautiful yet unfortunate endangered animal.
This series debuted at Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel week in Miami in December 2015.
Materials used: Animal skeletons, steel, copper, brass, wood, blood, sweat and tears.
Animal conservation , Animal skeletons , Save the animals , Victor Spinelli Art
An idea and a pencil sketch born on the sands of Aguas Blancas in Ibiza during July of 2018. Here is the first of my Shenanigan Series. These dancers of Ibiza represent the frivolity and fun that is life. Dancers that do not take life too serious. Remember that it is the journey that counts and not the destination.
The original pencil sketch version will be made in a autographed and numbered Limited Edition. The acrylic painting is 100x80cm.
And they’re off !……… Those funny little jockeys…
All painted on wood with resin. ©Victor Spinelli
A range of portraits that I took of USA Olympic gold medalists and others. ©Victor Spinelli
Olympians, sports photography, olympian portraits, USOC,
Random thoughts of creative delusion.
Painting, fine art, Victor Spinelli Art
The series explores the Human condition of risk taking, gambling, chance and discovery. Each unique piece is hand painted on a 24 inch diameter disk of solid wood. 1 inch thick. 100% POP! ©Victor Spinelli 2016
Casino Chips, Las Vegas, casinos, poker, poker chips, pop art,
Beast of Burden. The meaning is essentially any animal that has been “domesticated” by humans and trained to carry or pull heavy loads, such as oxen, horses, camels, elephants, etc. But who are the real beasts? Who is burdening who? And who has lost the collective consciousness between animals? Humans. We are riding these animals to death in our “advancement” of ruling this planet, yet we have unconnected ourselves spiritually from the same animals that have help propel our civilization. ©Victor Spinelli Art.
The Queen and her coins.... Queen Elizabeth II likeness has graced more coinage than any other human in history. All are painted on 12 inch diameter wood with a resin coating.
QUEEN PULP is an ongoing series that incorporates original photographs from my "Camera Verité" collection with a twist of spice from the genre of pulp fiction covers that shook Americana, circa 1950's. All are on canvas and limited in numbers. Mixed media and painted with synthetic polymer paint. ©Victor Spinelli
queen pulp, pulp fiction, comic, mixed media
Love is taking over the world. A small painted series that has manifested from a whimsical part of my brain that plays on the military hillarity. Enjoy.
©Victor Spinelli U.S. Library of Congress. 2014
Lieutenants, abstract, comic
A collection of simple and honest portraits from the sub-continent that will, in the future, be available in a tangible and touchable form. All images photographed on Kodak E-6 Slide film or Agfa Scala Slide film ©Victor Spinelli Archive
India, varanasi, new delhi, rajasthan, calcutta, madras,
A journey of re-inventing my images with synthetic polymer paint and canvas thus creating this mixed media collection.
How can you play with toys without getting excited? ©Victor Spinelli 2012
Toys, play, surreal, money, fine art
Armors of Peace.......
An assemblage of materials that play on how the military industrial complex is putting its weight on the world by suppressing and suffocating an earthly marble under an invisible residue of war. White roses for peace
©Victor Spinelli 2016
War, peace, army, tanks, panzer, models,
A small edit from my documentary archive that spans 70 countries. All images shot with film. Enjoy ©Victor Spinelli Archive
Documentary photography, photography, travel,
All images Copyright ©Victor Spinelli Archive
America is a land of laws and I wanted to bring awareness to our Constitutional Amendments through art. This project spawned in 2012 and is the first non-photographic art that I ever created. The series quickly states and sums up what the Amendments implement in simple memes that are overlaid on the body of the text.
USA, law, US congress, constitution, fine art, Victor Spinelli Art,