This week in class we had the honor of having Ralph Fasanella’s son Marc Fasanella to talk about his art, explain more of the small details and answer our questions. We looked at three of Ralph Fasanella’s paintings. We got to talk about how poverty was big in his life, as was family and politics. All of Fasanella’s paintings have symbolism all over them and each one of them leads to more questions and debates between different opinions. Most of Fasanella’s paintings would take from 6 months to a year but some of the biggest ones took him 3 years, and all with no assistant. Marc Fasanella also told us that it was kind of hard growing up being the son of a Communist because people would think you were crazy. Marc didn’t care, though, and would still speak his mind. To me, Ralph Fasanella’s work fascinates me in many ways because it is much different than other artists’. You don’t have to be an artist to understand the paintings and make connections to today.
This week, son of the folk artist Ralph Fasanella came in to discuss his father’s work. It was a great learning opportunity because Marc was our primary source. As we delved deeper into conversation, we learned how his father would incorporate multiple objects into all of his paintings. One of these objects was ice tongs. Ralph’s father sold ice from a cart when they immigrated to New York from Italy. Other depictions of his family were included as well.