Imagine a world of deformed beings, where discomfort smothers every last hope; humanity is nothing but a memory and you can smell death everywhere. This represents the vision of an artist who speaks to the darkest part hidden within us all. Davide Rankore is originally from a small town in Northeast Italy.
Since he was a child, occult, mysterious and macabre things have called out to him. At the age of fifteen, a significant loss inspired him to draw death in several ways. Taking reference from no artist in particular (although, he admires the work of Blial Cabal, who he recently met on IG), Rankore finds inspiration in vintage photos with strange subjects and engravings.
Music and film have always played an important role in his art, as well. He is interested in Italian horror movies from the ‘70s by directors such as Bava and Fulci, and every piece of his art matches a song. Hardcore and punk have been flowing through his veins since he was a teenager, but nowadays Rankore is listening to more and more black metal. Peeking at his playlist you’ll find artist such as Batushka, Mgła, Somnium Nox, Naðra, Dynfari, Mizmor, Skáphe, Moloch, Gorrch, Restos Humanos, Verwoed, Hobos, Fever Nest, Winterfylleth, Drudhk, Hierophant, Grumo, Coldworld, Carpathian Forest, Eternal Valley, Lifelover, Ominous Hymn and Woods of Desolation.
Over the past years, Rankore has been experimenting with a variety of techniques, such as collage, painting, photography and graffiti. Drawing on paper has always been his thing, though. He doesn’t consider himself to be a graphic designer, as he never uses a computer to create his work – he believes in the handmade approach. In line with this attitude, Rankore collects any type of object that might be useful for future installations, such as skulls, bones, insects and old dolls. He also makes masks.
Privacy is one of the most important things to Davide Rankore, and he uses masks in order to keep his identity hidden. He doesn’t have Facebook, Twitter or a personal website. There is no information about him on the Internet. If you want your mind blown away by Davide Rankore’s vision of our world, check out his IG page.