Stefano Lanza, an artist from Genoa just friended me on FaceBook. No I had never heard of him but his work blew me away- it was fresh and fun and beautifully drawn.
He uses ancient historical imagery in an inventive way. The clothing on his figures is beautifully understood and rendered- not guessed at- he spent a lot if time working on these. His figures are always elegant and playful.
I don't know more about him than that- but I thought you would enjoy his work.
Stefano replied to a request about what his inspirations are- he is self- taught- what talent!
However, he lives in Italy where he is surrounded on all sides by great art.
I have not done any school of art, I've always drawn since I was a child. I really love ancient art, Renaissance, Baroque, etc. ...
I started as a young man studying anatomy and drapery through the ancient art and sculptures, and through anatomy books and if possible also from the truth.
Since I'm young I love the sculptures, and I practiced with the drawing and looking at the sculptures of Michelangelo, Bernini and Francesco Mochi, Antonio Canova, and others.
I live near the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno an extraordinary place inside there are sculptures by Giulio Monteverde, Vittorio Lavezzari, Giuseppe Navone, Giuseppe Benetti, Augusto Rivalta and many others, I practiced and studied looking at these artists, I often go to visit works of these artists.
I have not done any school I tried to learn from the artists that I like, painter, sculptors, illustrators, etc. ..