These 30 Dazzling Paintings Come To Life When You Turn Off The Lights
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that." Self-taught Italian artist Cristoforo Scorpiniti aka Crisco Art has been creating glow-in-the-dark paintings for a few years now. But his pieces aren't just pictures visible throughout the whole day. They tell two stories: one when the lights are on and another complimentary one when they're off.
Focusing mostly on dreamy landscapes and animals, Cristoforo uses glow-in-the-dark paint to create his artworks. It may sound simple, but there's so much more to it. "I started with color symbolism first and foremost," he said. "Later on, I [added] scenarios of the natural world [with] strong emotional impact ... I like to think of [my universe] as an uninfected, primitive, magical world."
Much like his paintings that illuminate the shadows, Cristoforo's artistic side revealed itself during a dark time in his life. After getting fired from his real estate job, he had to return home to Southern Italy. However, rather than feeling sorry for himself over the negative experience, Cristoforo thrust himself into something new.
It was precisely this return to his hometown that sparked his passion for art. Now, Cristoforo has quite the fanbase. Nearly 1.2 million people follow him on Facebook while his Instagram army has just reached 582k. "My biggest dream is to open my [own] gallery in major cities around the world so that everyone can admire my creations," he said.