Dario Ballantini was born in Leghorn 1964, and has been active both as a painter and as a theater performer for thirty years.
He is a painter of gestures, somehow anguished by the flaring of time and color, which he masks by performing exaggerated caricatures of famous characters on TV.
He is fascinated by expressionism and by the more figurative action painting. He reminds of De Kooning, but enriches his work with drops, sprays, and brush strokes that enlighten the whole painting.
He is obsessed by the underlying emptiness of a world containing infinite variations, but perhaps also completely meaningless, in which every depths seems to be transformed into surface.
Ballantini’s portraits always represent the same anonymous face, variations on a visual theme that takes on the mental contours of a mask, that of man, the one we are all called to wear.
In 2014 Dario Ballantini was recognized by the City of Miami and by the Consul General of Italy in Miami for his participation in the EUART program ITALY-MIAMI A Friendship in Art, part of the celebration activities for OCTOBER- Italian and Italian American Heritage Month in Florida.