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Unrestrainable, by Stefano Losi, Acrylic and Oxidized Metals on Linen, 48x36
 
ARID RAIN
 
STEFANO LOSI
 
Solo Exhibition
May 12 to May 31, 2013
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, May 16, 6:00 - 9:00pm
 
Meet the Artist @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
 

Dacia Gallery is pleased to present “Arid Rain”, the second solo exhibition of works by Italian artist and poet Stefano Losi.  The author’s art project, developed between Milan, London, and New York since the early 1990's, uniquely combines on linen intense poetry in Latin and English and dramatic studies of the human figure in acrylic media, sands and oxidized metal minerals as iron, copper, bronze, titanium, and gold.  The main theme of the exhibition, the desperate existential unquietness inherent in the human condition, is captured by a new poetry volume that collects the author’s work of the last two years, introduced by a foreword of the renown historian and art critic Renato Miracco.  The book will be presented at the opening reception of May 16th.

ARTIST BIO

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 has been senior manager in different International Institutions, and he is currently first officer at the United Nationsin New York, where he is also President of the UNSRC Literary Cultural Circle.  In 2005 he was nominated Knight of the Italian Republicby President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.  “Violent Dances Fade”(Libertarian Poetical Fragments)is a personal art and poetry project created in Milan in 1991, and further developed in London and New York, that combines on linen studies of the human figure in acrylics, oxidized metal minerals and intense original poetry.  Following 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, his art has been honored with two solo exhibitions 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.”  Four books collecting his visual art and epigrams, providing an overview of the author’s artistic work in the respective creative periods, were published in 1996, 2001, 2010 and 2013.  Stefano Losi’s work has been featured in different international 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.  The author continues to create visual art and poetry in Chelsea, New York.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The study of classical art and literature has always been an integral part of my life.  The Mediterranean culture still emerges as a reference in my visual works, yet with a clear contemporary sensitivity.  Journalist and writer Marco Mathieu captured its essence 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, regenerating 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.  The main themes of the exhibition are embodied by the poem with the same title, “Arid rain”.

ARID RAIN
 
I am generated by restlessness
The uninterupted movement of the seas of Methymna
 
Tormented
By a continuous thirst
Powered by a rain of ash and copper
 
The insistent caress
Of a most terse sand
Projects
In opaque light
My features of burned soil
The thin hands smoothed by the sun
 
Amongst the wind
Virginal trembling
I approach my lips to yours
Livid
Wet of salt
 
Slowly
You bring to you my body
Now stripped of shadow
 
Finally free
 
As a god
After death I sit behind your eyes of ash
 
 
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