|Silk of Byzantium, Acrylic, Oxidized Metals and Gold on Linen, 60x40|
|UNDER THE BURNT WALLS|
|November 16-30, 2011|
|Thursday, November 17, 6:00-10:00pm|
|Meet the Artist @ Opening Reception|
|Artist Talk and Intro at 7:30PM|
Dacia Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Italian artist and poet Stefano Losi, Under The Burnt Walls, from November 16th through the 30th. The author’s art project, developed between Milan, London, and New York since the early 1990's, combines on large size linen or jute dramatic studies of the human figure and intense original poetry. The natural earthy colors are a result of a chromatic research that merges acrylic media, sands and oxidized metal minerals as iron, copper, bronze, or titanium, and pure gold. The works reflect the fine art education received since early childhood at the classical painting practice of his grandfather in Lake Como, near Milan. After having received his graduate degree at the Luigi Bocconi University of Milan in 1993, Stefano Losi worked in senior management roles in different International Institutions, and in 2005 was nominated Knight of the Italian Republic by President Ciampi. His art has already been honored with two solo exhibitions at the United Nations in New York.
Stefano Losi grew up engrossed in classical art and literature. The Mediterranean culture still emerges as a reference in his visual works, yet with a clear contemporary sensitivity. Journalist and writer Marco Mathieu described the author’s art as “Timeless. On the contrary, inside time. And beyond… Significant. Blunt. Stirring, most of all… Strokes and shadows. Black. Intensity, liberty. And love.” The poetry, bringing back to life the classical lyric and then neoteric Greek and Latin schools, intends indeed to foreground different interpretative perspectives as an attempt to frame the terms of contemporary social debate, facing crucial themes as liberty and love, essential constitutive personal element, but formidable tension in a political dimension.
Three books collecting his visual art and epigrams, providing an overview of Stefano Losi’s artistic work in the respective creative periods, were published in 1996, 2001 and 2010. The most recent volume, titled “Under The Burnt Walls”, includes a foreword by Antonio Maria Costa (Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations), and was presented to the 2010 edition of BookExpo America.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a selection of Stefano Losi’s books fully illustrated and with poetry.
Stefano Losi was born in 1969 in Lake Como, near Milan, where he was raised and classically educated in fine arts. After having received his graduate degree at the Luigi Bocconi Universityof Milan in 1993,he worked in different senior management roles at the EBRD in London and other International Institutions, and currently works at the United Nations in New York, where he is also President of the UNSRC Literary Cultural Circle.
In 2005 he was nominated Knight of the Italian Republic by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
“Violent Dances Fade”(Libertarian Poetical Fragments) is a personal art and poetry project created in Milan in 1991, further developed in London, and currently active in New York, that combines on linen or jute studies of the human figure in acrylics, oxidized metal minerals and pure gold, and intense original poetry.
After a long series of events organized since the early 1990s in Europe, including several shows and poetry readings in formal and alternative spaces, ranging from galleries, to workers unions and social centers, in December 2008 he presented "The imperfect dialectics of experience", a solo exhibition of paintings and poems at the United Nations in New York. Antonio Maria Costa, UN Under-Secretary-General, wrote: “This is a “splendid union”… In the words of these poems I find the same hope I cherish when I observe the World.”
Stefano Losi’s work has been featured in different publications, among which a book on Italian contemporary artists curated by Renato Miracco, and published under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In March 2011 he presented "Under The Burnt Walls", his second art and poetry solo exhibition at the United Nations in New York, and this November 2011 his first solo exhibition at Dacia Gallery. The author continues to create visual art and poetry in his Studio on 23rd street in Chelsea, New York.
Below is an example of Stefano's art & poetry:
In my hand
With lips moist of dew
Sprinkle me with kisses
Sensation of imminent rain
Outlines a pause
In the sigh of existence
Devoid of any decadence
Intangible to time
As an imperfect lover