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Art inspired by Megalithic Malta

Twin Goddesses by Raphael Labro
Twin Goddesses by Raphael Labro - Acrylics on Canvas

The Twin Goddesses foot prints of the striking remains in the megalithic temple of Hagar Qim have inspired Raphael Labro for this painting which represents the "twin goddesses". They were remarkably not found during the excavation centuries ago. The painting illustrates the undocumented Neolithic period of Malta... and the reconstruction and restitution of the Twin Goddesses during the Atlantean civilization which disappeared about 12000 years ago at the end of the last ice age, following the cataclysm which destroyed Atlantis.

Sleeping Goddess
Sleeping Goddess by Raphael Labro - Acrylics on Canvas

Magna Matter
Magna Matter by Raphael Labro - Acrylics on Canvas

Terra Matta under the Stars
Terra Matta under the Stars Raphael Labro - Acrylics on Canvas

Raphael Labro

Born in 1956 in the South of France, Raphael Labro was exposed at an early age to modern painters such as Picasso, Matisse and Chagall. At the young age of 16, he was admitted at the Fine Art School of Nice and had his first solo exhibition "Photographisme" in 1973 with artworks created on photographic paper.

He starts his professional career as set decorator for Paloma Picasso and worked for renowned French directors such as Roger Planchon and Patrice Chéreau. Attracted subsequently by photography, he established his name working for designers such as Yamamoto Kansai, Kenzo, Jean-Paul Gaultier and many big names while taking pictures for all major fashion magazines of Paris, London, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong-Kong and Sydney.

Labro is though more interested in pure artistic expression than in his bread and butter fashion photography and continues exhibiting and creating art works between his busy schedule. Photography was his main medium during his 20 years of photographic career but he creates art photography in unconventional ways.

In 1997 he decided to concentrate exclusively in art and after a few years of projects on the Internet he returned to the traditional medium of painting while occasionally creating digital artworks, sculpture in clay, metal and wood. In his collection of paintings, Labro created his goddesses as strange creatures often depicted in a bulbous form with orange-brown hues and fluorescent green faces. The artist uses colours as symbols. The green colour on the face of the figures represents hope. The golden line behind the figures represents the sacred geometry.

Seemingly chaotic, his work is in reality a celebration of spiritual freedom. His paintings show a world in change, living, breathing and in constant motion. Labro creates meaningful spontaneous expressions of the Universe. Signaling change and awakening with his integration of ancient symbology paired with ultra modern hyper surrealism. Labro's strong ability to communicate in the universal language of art is what earns him the right to be called the "Techno-poet / Cosmic-Rimbaud of the Visual Arts."

Artist Raphael Labro at the Gharb Gallery, Gozo, Malta
Artist Raphael Labro with Marie Grech at the Gharb Gallery, Gozo, Malta