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// Luigi Filograno ,  ( Italy ), currently lives and works in Vigevano (PV). He has used various expressive techniques in the past (oil/acrylic/polymaterial on canvas or other supports), but in the last twenty years he has preferred drawing in pastels or graphite on poplar wood and the execution of mixed techniques where the various mediums overlap each other, without any exclusion, on birch boards. The technique and figuration adopted respond to the need to connect the work to the languages of contemporary communication, which distinguish our era.

Alongside the two-dimensional works, Filograno has created sculptures / installations in eucalyptus wood, steel and clay with which he has shaped the natural arboreal essence. While the two-dimensional works analyze contemporary society and its difficult balances, the spatial works, where wooden trunks are "raped" by steel or iron rods in search of a possible new balance, aim to reflect on the current environmental crisis , determined by the incorrect and perverse energy policies used by human beings.

In the past, with black and white graphite works on poplar, gothic atmospheres were recreated having as their object the relationship between eros and thanatos, under the influence of artists such as Joel Peter Witkin or Jan Saudek.

In those works Filograno aimed to revisit the art of the past in a contemporary key, with references to medieval Italian art and the Renaissance. In the initial years of his research, the main theme was man's longing for a desirable condition of balance, on multiple levels. This subsequently resulted in a broader reflection on the finiteness of existence, on the link between eros and death, on the ephemeral nature of many presumed values, such as fame, wealth, power, beauty.

The technical studies of engineering and architecture have particularly influenced Filograno's spatial works with the search for static and balance in the surrounding space.

He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale 2011 (Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Turin-Sala Nervi-Italian Pavilion and Palazzo Ca' Zanardi-Venice), the Contemporary Art Fair in Copenhagen (Art Nordic) 2018; awards in the drawing section such as Basi Prize 2011 (Tuscany), and some works are present  in museums such as Museum Allotropya (Delphi - Greece) and Boston.


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