Andrea Pedrazzini is an Italian poet and visual artist working in Milan, best known for his illustrations and vignettes
published in magazines and newspapers. In 2000 he began the personal artistic project
De Bestiarium Naturis,
which he planned as a modern bestiary composed of 999 original ink and mixed media drawings
representing fantastic animals. More than 700 creatures have been completed to date.
Following are some of the refined and patiently crafted artworks that Pedrazzini
has exposed in galleries or published in his artist books and blog. Hopefully he will
be able to publish the entire magnum opus in book form once it is finished.
Above are a few plates from Pedrazzini's Bestiario degli animali autunnali,
published in 2000 and now a freely downloadable e-book
It was difficult to pick just a few images from this delightful banquet of visual puns and ironic inventions.
Pedrazzini's intelligent and critical eye seems to have conceived this strange collection of creatures
as an intimate exploration of the deep awkwardness of human nature. His mutating menagerie
has been grafted with disproportionate and seemingly redundant appendages and accessories,
and looks hardly fit for survival in the wild. Perhaps, the obviously precarious yet strangely reassuring
presence of these evolutionary misfits and their questioning gaze are what make them so endearing...