Luca Di Maggio (IT)
Without claiming an objective truth, he wants to present his perspective of life. Expressive strokes and street artistic dynamic materializes his soul and inner life into visual tangible works of art. “Doing the things that everyone can do and adding a personal touch that comes from the heart and spirit”, Luca Di Maggio says, continuing ”art is all about living your life without feeling the need to conform to the mass.”
About Luca Di Maggio
He discovered the universe of the Secession movement, while he lived in Vienna for 7 years. He also attended the Vienna International School, where enjoyed the many inspiring art classes. Upon his return to Italy, he embarked to study Law at Milan’s State University; however, he soon understood that this path taken was not the road towards his true aspiration in life. He thus, changed his course and studied at other institutes – The Rizzoli School of Graphic Design and the GENESIO, European School of Design – where he obtained a graphic art degree and a web design diploma. His curiosity and will to discover the world led him to travel. He lived in New York City for some time, but was lured for several months to Tel Aviv by an exhibition project. After that amazing experience, he was granted a scholarship to attend some courses at SMFA, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
As a nomad hungry for new discoveries, Luca has improved and refined his artistic language. He connects cities where he lived with hypothetical places where to move without forgetting his almost obsessive need to exist and be in touch with nature. His painting results from the connectivity of multiple lines, as expressive strokes take form to create the subjects of his paintings that materialize on paper, patient or aggressive, depending on his mood. Faces, heads, an imprecise reflection on a mirror that externalizes his being, as self portraits – the interior part is the essence of the soul, experimenting to find the defined mark of its work is the fundamental technique. His colors are: royal blue, gold yellow, red and derivatives, black and neon colors.
As the diaries of his paintings tell of him, – If you don’t know yourself you live sleeping. This self – unawareness is a cause of confusion and lethargy. Often his characters are portrayed riding a bicycle, which represents freedom for Luca, but also struggle, just like life. You can live in freedom once awakened, but sooner or later, you will feel the pain of the struggle.
For Luca, the definition of artist is: doing the things that everyone can do and adding a personal touch that comes from the heart and spirit. Art is all about living your life without feeling the need to conform to the mass.
Through his experiments, Luca mixes his love for street art with classical art that had dazzled and lured him toward painting… Like the founders of the Secession movement, he unleashes his finished art work, he designs, he paints, he artistically expresses himself, with a holistic view of the arts, with his propensity to recover tradition while adding the spice of his own contemporary socio-cultural vision-Luca Di Maggio, in search of an equilibrium.