Luigi Pellanda

Luigi Pellanda

Luigi Pellanda was born in Bassano del Grappa in 1964. Self-taught artist has cultivated his passion for art since the early seventies, a period in which he experiments with multiple artistic disciplines practiced by his numerous brothers, passing from music, to ceramics, to painting , with casual naturalness. But it is the vision of Caravaggio’s paintings that marks him deeply: since his school days the great artist has represented his ideal goal of a way of doing “painting” thanks to his strong contrasts of light and shadow. In 1980, at the age of sixteen, clay modeling was added to painting in the artistic ceramics company of his older brother, also collaborating as a designer, engaging in apersonal and more contemporary research, breaking away from the traditional canons of form of Novese and Bassanese ceramics. The passion for nature, in particular for fauna and botany, becomes the starting point and inspiration for tempera paintings on wood that engage his personal research for most of the eighties. In 1991 he devoted himself intensely to the study of still life. The first personal exhibition in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza) dates back to the same period, which will definitively mark his artistic and professional career. In 1993, only two years after the first exhibition, he already collaborated with well-known art galleries at national level, participating in the most important contemporary art fairs. In 1996, after admiring an etching by Giovanni Barbisan in an exhibition dedicated to engraving, he is passionate about the art of engraving and, after having acquired the technique from his engraver friend Gabriele Bordignon, he performs a series of engravings personally edited and printed in his studio. In 2002 he created his first exhibition “Anthology 1986/2002”, personally curated and sponsored by the Municipality of Marostica (Vicenza), in which about a hundred pictorial and sculptural works are exhibited to the public in the rooms of the prestigious Lower Castle and visited by several of nine thousand visitors in just fifteen days. In 2002 he began a collaboration with the Cinquantasei Art Gallery of Bologna that will bring the diffusion of his works nationwide through the exhibition in the most important Italian art fairs: Bari, Bologna, Brescia, Catania, Florence, Forlì “, Genoa, Padua, Reggio Emilia, Verona, Cremona, Modena, Perugia, Bergamo, Naples, Turin, Vicenza, Viterbo, Milan, Parma, etc. In 2003 he already counts about eighty personal exhibitions to his credit. He has exhibited in Dallas (USA), Cologne (Germany), and Klagenfurt (Austria). Among the most important exhibitions we mention: Anthology at the lower Castle of Marostica, Vicenza, Personal exhibition at the Galleria Cinquantasei, Bologna 2003; Figures and Figures from Favretto to Pellanda, edited by S. Pegoraro, Bologna, 2003; Personal, San Paolo Private Banking, Padua, 2004; Anthology with Works from 1985 to 2005, curated by R. Bossaglia, Galleria Cinquantasei, Bologna, 2005; Mito Auto Moto 2, Motor Show, Bologna, 2006; The Survey on the Twentieth Century, curated by C. Poppi, Galleria Cinquantasei, Bologna, 2007; Primo and Secondo 900 curated by E. Serri, Bologna, Galleria Cinquantasei, 2009. In the same year he was awarded the International Humorist Prize in Marostica for the Cartoon section. In 2011 he participated in the Venice Biennale. 54 Italian Pavilion curated by Vittorio Sgarbi. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 he was invited to exhibit with a solo show at one of the most important Asian artistic events “Art Revolution Taipei” (Taiwan). In 2016 he was dedicated an anthology “30 Years of Art” at the Galleria Cinquantasei in Bologna. photography that accompanied him behind the scenes for these first 30 years of his career, in 2016, alongside painting, it is added and becomes in effect a new art form of his, maintaining the play of light and shadow characteristic of his paintings.

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