Luca Pignatelli

Luca Pignatelli was born in Milan on 22nd of June, 1962, in a home studio where his father Ercole worked as a painter and sculptor. During the 1980s his artistic practice was deeply affected by the courses he attended at the Faculty of Architecture which, at that time, was heavily influenced by the teachings of Aldo Rossi, renewed italian architect and designer and strong supporter of the value of time applied to places. The artist believes that painting has a special relationship with time: the simultaneous presence of elements and forms attributed to different periods is not just imagined but instead quite real to pervades his work. Luca Pignatelli interest in architecture and his fascination for scrap and second-­hand material holding the signs of time and history are to be considered trademarks of his practice; the starting points in his research are the architecture of the Parthenon, Vignola, Leon Battista Alberti, Loos and Mies van der Rohe, together with the various architecture observed during his traveling throughout Europe. Warehouses, storage areas, military depots and large building sites are vast research fields for the artist. As a painter capable of facing the challenge given by large scale works, Pignatelli uses unconventional supports and scrap material which have an intrinsic pictorial quality such as tarpaulins from freight trains, wood and iron scraps, together with assembled pieces of paper where he depicts his imagery, such as mechanic devices and urban landscapes together with ruins and statues which keep echoes of an ancient time gone. The artist poetic includes photography as a way to represent ancient icons which were part of a golden era. The monumental sculptures of Roman emperors with their horse chariots, decontextualized and represented on unusual canvases, realised through mixed medias and techniques, are some other strong element of the artist’s work and iconography. Since 1990 Luca Pignatelli work has been exhibited in Museums and Galleries across the world, such as the 53rd Venice Biennale, Poggiali e Forconi Gallery in Florence, Museo Capodimonte in Naples, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, MAMAC in Nice, Annex Plus-­White Box and Ethan Cohen Fine Arts in NYC, Galerie Daniel Templon in Paris, Leighton House Museum in London, Musée Olympique in Shanghai and Lausanne, and more. Institutions which acquires Luca PIgnatelli works are GAM-­Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Turin, Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, Palazzo della Pilotta in Parma. The artist lives and works in his native city, Milan.

Recent solo shows:

2015
Blue Note. Works on paper, Wunderkammer, GAM -­ Galleria d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Turin, IT
Migranti, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, IT
2014
Off Paper, M77 Gallery, Milan, IT
Capodimonte Museum, Naples, IT
2011
Icons Unplugged, National Institute of Graphics, Rome, IT
2010
Sculture. Analogie, Poggiali e Forconi Gallery, Florence, IT
2009
Atlantis, MAMAC, ­Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporaine, Nice, FR
Opere Grafiche 2002/9, GAMUD, Modern Art Gallery, Udine, IT
2008
BM07, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, IT
National Archeologic Museum, Naples, IT
2007
National Archeologic Museum, Naples, IT
Paintings, India Theater, Rome, IT
2006
Recent Works, White Box-­Annex Plus, NY
Duetto, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, NY
Works On Paper, Italian Cultural Institute, Ljubliana, SI

Recent group shows:

2015
Armando Pizzinato Contemporary and Modern Art Gallery, Pordenone, IT
Impressione Astratta. Graphic masterpieces from Stamperia d’arte Albicocco, Udine, IT
2015
Cini Foundation, San Giorgio Maggiore Island, Venice, IT
Contemporary Artist from Italy, Imago Mundi, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin, IT
2014
Fuoco nero. Matter and structure around and after Burri, Pilotta Palace, Parma, IT
Doppio sogno, Chiablese Palace, Royal Palace, Turin, IT
Ri-­conoscere Michelangelo, Accademy Gallery, Florence, IT
2010
The Jerusalem Foundation. Coexistence, MAXXI Museum, Rome, IT
2009
Italian Pavilion. Collaudi, 53rd Venice Biannale, Venice, IT
2008
Olympic Fine Arts, Musée Olympique, Shangai, RC
Olympic Fine Arts, Musée Olympique, Lausanne, CH
2007
Opere scelte, MACRO Museum, Rome, IT

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