contemporary art

Luca Lanzi

Italy 1977

Sculpture, Painting

Luca Lanzi
Luca Lanzi
March 20, 2015

Luca Lanzi is an Italian artist whose large scale drawings and paintings are extremely imaginative, whimsical, and highly skillful.

Luca Lanzi was born in Bologna in 1977. He studied at Academies of Fine Arts in Bologna and Berlin-Weissensee. In 2005, he became a fellow of the Collegio Artistico Venturoli Foundation. He has lived one year in Germany working in the Art Academy of East Berlin.

The motif of the fetish object in the form of a doll is a persistent leitmotif in Luca Lanzi’s work as a whole. His interpretation synthesizes traditional representations of sacred idols with the products of childish fantasy. In both cases, the spell cast by these objects resides in their ability to capture aspects of invisible realms. They give some inkling of their creators’ souls and of the spirits which they warship in them.

Luca Lanzi’s work is characterized by a range of inspirations from art history and the child‘s imaginary world, by simplicity, concentration, and by the use of multilayered mixed media techniques, all of which interact to generate a poetry that is charged with magic. Lanzi’s drawings, produced originally purely as sketches for sculptural projects, have assumed an independent existence within his oeuvre, reminiscent of ancient Egyptian low relief as well as of geometric constructive drawings in the Bauhaus style.

In 2011, works by Lanzi were exhibited at the Museum of Ceramics in Faenza and were acquired for the collection of the city of Modena. His work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions.
Luca Lanzi works and lives in Castel Maggiore, Bologna.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2014SOFA Chicago Art FairChicago, USGroup
2014Ritratti di DonneL'Ariete artecontemporanea, BolognaGroup
2014Officine Saffi at MarcorossiPietrasanta, Lucca, Italy Group
2014Artelibro Bologna - Festival del Libro e della Storia del'ArtePalazzo Re Enzo del Podesta, BolognaGroup
2014Positions Berlin Art FairBerlin, GermanyGroup
2014I Amsterdam You BerlinJohannes-Evangelist Kirche, BerlinGroup
2014That's what I wantlorch+seidel, BerlinGroup
2014ArteFiera BolognaBologna, ItalyGroup
2014Setup ContemporaryFiera d'Arte Contemporanea, BolognaGroup
2013Last Toylorch+seidel, BerlinSolo
2013Cologne Paper ArtCologne, GermanyGroup
2012Spazio Magicolorch+seidel, BerlinSolo
2012TotemMuseo Civico Medievale, BolognaSolo
2012ArteFiera BolognaBologna, ItalyGroup
2011Il Viaggio a Cavallo della Paperalorch+seidel, BerlinSolo
2011Donations to the Bologna Academy of Fine Arts CollectionPinacoteca Nazionale, BolognaGroup
2011Art VeronaVerona, ItalyGroup
2011Premio Basi - The Finalists' ExhibitionCava di Roselle, ItalyGroup
2011Premio CombatBottini dell'olio, Livorno, ItalyGroup
2011ArteFiera BolognaBologna, ItalyGroup
2011Hertogenbosch Art FairHertogenbosch, NetherlandsGroup
2010FeticciL'Ariete artecontemporanea, BolognaSolo
2010Wir fahren mit der Luftbahnlorch+seidel, BerlinSolo
2010Gallerie al MuseoMuseo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, ItalyGroup
2010Art VeronaVerona, ItalyGroup
2010Simply drawingslorch+seidel, BerlinGroup
2010Italian Drawing in the XX and XXI CenturyGalleria Civica, Modena, ItalyGroup
2010Biennale RoncagliaSan Felice sul Panaro, Modena, ItalyGroup
2010Naarden Art FairNaarden, NetherlandsGroup
2010ArteFiera BolognaBologna, ItalyGroup
2009DollsGallery Lilly Zeligman, Naarden, NLSolo
2009Smooth and Gentle (with B. Bohnsack)lorch+seidel, BerlinSolo
2009Luca LanziL'Ariete artecontemporanea, BolognaSolo
2009Affordable Art Fair AmsterdamAmsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2009Art VeronaVerona, ItalyGroup
20097 x 7L'Ariete Arte Contemporanea, BolognaGroup
2009The wall of desireQuadrum Saca, BolognaGroup
2009Naarden Art FairNaarden, NetherlandsGroup
2009Object RotterdamRotterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2008Art VeronaVerona, ItalyGroup
2008Three artists of the gallerylorch+seidel, BerlinGroup
2008Unicef chiama arteFondazione Cà la Ghironda, BolognaGroup
2007L'anima in giocolorch+seidel, BerlinSolo
2007Art MiamiMiami, US Group
2007Artists of the gallerylorch+seidel, BerlinGroup
2007Collettiva di IncisioneComplesso Museale del Barracano, BolognaGroup
2007Collettiva di IncisioneCasa Alpina della Val Gardena, Bolzano, ItalyGroup
2007Festival delle ArtiComplesso Museale del Barracano, BolognaGroup
2007Premio Nazionale di Pittura e SculturaNovara, ItalyGroup
2006Puppen - Feticcilorch+seidel, BerlinSolo
2005Group ShowGalleria Corsie, Baricella, BolognaGroup
2004Circolo degli artistiForlì, ItalySolo
2004Festival de SculptureFort Barroes, Isère, FranceGroup
2004VerniceFiera dell’Arte, Forlì, ItalyGroup
2004Group ShowGalleria Civica di Castelfranco Emilia, Modena, ItalyGroup
2003Chiostro BenedettinoOspedale Rizzoli, BolognaGroup
2003Group ShowGalleria del Circolo, BolognaGroup
2002Group ShowIstituto Stagio Stagi, Pietrasanta, Lucca, ItalyGroup
2002Group ShowGalleria Civica, Lagosanto, Ferrara, ItalyGroup
2002Festival delle ArtiAccademia delle Belle Arti, BolognaGroup
2001Group ShowLivorno, ItalyGroup