7ettanta6ei Gallery | Milan, Italy
Until December 22nd
by Alice Ghinolfi
Lucamaleonte is an Italian artist known for his singular, realistic works, inspired by nature and ancient art. He was born in 1983 in Rome, where he graduated from the Central Institute for Restoration. Here he began his art career in 2001, when he discovered the single-layer stencil technique. After a while, he shifted from posters and stickers to drawing freehand on walls and canvas. He is one of the few artists in the world who’s able to produce elaborate multi-layer stencils, characterized by many overlapping layers of color. Since 2004, Lucamaleonte has exhibited his work solo and with other artists in over 50 exhibitions. In 2008, he was one of the few Italian artists invited to exhibit at the Cans Festival in London, the event organized by Banksy and promoted by street art guru Tristan Manco. He also participated in the collective street art show Scala Mercalli at the Auditorium in Rome and in the project Twenty Street Artists commissioned by the band Green Day. Lucamaleonte has been invited to exhibit his works all over the world, from Milan to Melbourne and Adelaide, and from Berlin to Paris and New York. He is not only an artist but an international promoter of street art. Together with the artists Sten and Lex, Lucamaleonte conceived and curated three editions of the International Poster Art festival in Rome. He lives and works in Rome.
Until December 22nd, we recommend visiting Lucamaleonte’s first solo exhibition at 7ettanta6ei Gallery, titled Materia Madre. The show includes twenty-four works in acrylic on wood, one on canvas, and two wallpapers that the artist created for PPPattern, the first digital store dedicated to Italian serial creativity. Matteo Maffucci wrote: “In order to describe Lucamaleonte’s exhibition we don’t need to start from a concept or a meaning, but from the material. Materia Madre is an explosion of colors, where nature is narrated through the whole repertoire and characteristics of the artist’s production. From geometric shapes to animals and the floral world “. Wood is the fundamental element, the starting point and the end, with its complexity and its imperfections. Wood as a motherly material: birth, life, death and what is beyond.