Luca Pignatelli

Luca Pignatelli

Luca Pignatelli was born in Milan on June 22, 1962, in a house-atelier where his father Ercole exercises his activity as a painter and sculptor.
In the 1980s he consolidated his poetic visions by following courses held at the Faculty of Architecture. Spurred on by the idea of ​​the sedimentary growth of history, for Pignatelli, painting has a particular relationship with time: the coexistence of elements and forms attributable to different eras is not only dreamed of but is real and lives within his work.
He is encouraged to visit storage places, storage areas, military depots and large engineering sites. He is fascinated by the street of mysteries hidden behind the anonymous architecture of the port cities, with their construction sites and the handling of goods, but also those of the Parthenon, Vignola, Leon Battista Alberti, Loos and Mies van der Rohe, and those of the encountered on his journeys through European cities.
In the mid-90s, the canvases used are those of freight convoys, which ran along the railways of Europe, stitched up and patched up, torn by continuous journeys but which freeze history and open gashes to other journeys to the worlds of 'art. The poetics includes photography as an urgent need to use the citation of other icons that belonged to a golden past.
The monumental sculptures of the Roman emperors, the chariots pulled by horses, decontextualized and re-proposed on the canvases worked with different techniques and solutions, become an important part of his iconography. Luca Pignatelli's work has had an international resonance since the 1990s.