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Luca Serra

Bologna, Italy

4 Works exhibited on Kooness

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Works by Luca Serra

Cuento Chino


100 x 100cm

7000,00 €

Añil - Hacina


70 x 80cm

2900,00 €

Poso Solano


130 x 130cm


Luca Serra was born in Bologna in 1962. After graduating from art school in 1984 he traveled to southern Spain, experience that will result in a strong suggestion. Encouraged by Giovanni d'Agostino he enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Simultaneously working in the advertising industry and publishing and in 1986 was a founding member of graphics agency. He works occasionally for several years as a computer consultant, publishing and advertising. In 1988 he graduated from the Academy and travels between Rome and Madrid. He begins to think about the painting and to paint. During the realization of a series of small lead sculptures, his attention moves from the original work to the plaster casts used for melting, and in particular to the relationship between the materials used to execute and detach them, chalk and graphite, and especially to their mutual modification.

His analysis gave rise to a series of works in plaster and graphite, exhibited in 1991 in the solo exhibition "Abîme," Galleria Aperta, Modena.

Painting here subjected to a sculptural technique, the cast procedure, is understood as the relationship between the idea and its final outcome, between the intention of making and what actually is produced, that is, the process that is grafted between the idea and its realized form, concepts in obligatory contradiction.

"...In order for an image - the painting, to be not only an aesthetic composition but
is converted into history, into time, into happening, to transform the abstraction
of the image and subject it to a real, concrete experience, I finally adopted
a process, a synthesis of different reactions that had caught my

This interest in painting as the relationship between the idea and its final outcome, as the alchemical relationship of the elements and the impossibility of controlling them completely, will remain a constant in his work in later years. In the first cycle of works on canvas "Painting without qualities of its own," the artist experiments with new materials and the title summarizes the objectifying process of the cast and the initiatory sense of his making art.

He is invited to a number of events: the Biennale of Young Artists of Mediterranean Europe, 1992, Valencia, Iceberg '92, Neon Gallery, Bologna, Biennale Giovani, Rijeka, 1993. In the meantime, he continues to work in applied graphics and to take care of the visual aspect of broadcasts television. He is co-author of video animation, animated theme songs and video clips. But his fundamental interest remains painting.

In 1995 he opened a solo exhibition at Kunstverein Nord - Galerie Z&M, Bremen, and participates in the group show: "Non Plus Ultra" at Lorenzelli Arte, Milan, with whom he with which he begins an association. He is invited in 1996 to the 48th edition of the Michetti Prize, also participates in the group show "Consistency of Painting" at the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Rovereto and at "Superfici e attrazioni" at the Civica Raccolta Del Disegno di Salò (acquisitions 1996).

The continuous pictorial research, "on the image designed a priori as an act and not as a result," leads him to the cycle "Conversations," which he exhibited at the Otto Gallery in Bologna and subsequently to the exhibition: "Correspondences" held at Lorenzelli Arte in Milan in 1998.

In 1999 he returned to southern Spain, settled near Almeria and began his collaboration with Galerie Carzaniga + Ueker in Basel with the cycle "Morado" inspired by a series of landscapes and exhibited in the group show, "6 Junge Kunstler aus Deutschland, Italien und der Schweiz."

In 2000-2001 he travels between Spain and Italy and participates in exhibitions in spaces public institutions and private galleries: "On Painting - Italian Artists under the forty years" Palazzo Sarcinelli, (TV), "Immaterial Material" Galleria Civica D'Arte Contemporary, S. Martino Valle Caudina (AV),  "Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Italien." Galerie Carzaniga + Ueker, Basel, "Malerei: 8 Positionen," Galerie Werner Bommer, Zürich.

In 2001 he executed the series of works "Caucho," produced with a rubber with a peculiar oxide-red color, cycle later exhibited in the solo exhibition at Galerie Carzaniga + Ueker, Basel. The material used here, this rubber with the particular oxide-red color, will recur later after the gray rubber series of "Pestabile" and "Choupolvosis." research exhibited at Galerie Doris Wullkopf, Lindau, 2002, and "Cuentos de la respiración," Galerie Carzaniga + Ueker, Basel, 2003.

He participated in numerous group exhibitions such as "VULGARis", S. Michele Arcangelo, Pieve di Gombola (Polignago) , "Anni '70 '80 '90", Lorenzelli Arte, Milan, "Abstract Generation III," Pontedera (Pi), "Untitled/ Untitled,"Mar"; Partners, Turin.

In the studio in Andalucia he develops a new cycle of works, where the attempt to consider the image not as invention but as an objective exposition of the relationship occurred between the causes that produced it, is added the awareness of the consequences that are produced with each aesthetic choice and procedure.

Thus with the cycle "Irreversible," the tones of the work become extreme on two "timbres" counterposed, black and white, or rather light and dark, alternate poles that are develop and complete in the cycles "El embrujo del hombre del saco," exhibited in the VV8 Arte Contemporanea gallery, Reggio Emilia 2009, and "Dilema, el Hombre del Saco y Otros Accidentes," at Galerie Carzaniga, Basel 2010.

The same process of cast, combined with the continuous search for pictorial possibilities, and thus to experimentation with different materials, results in the gray concrete of: "Gris y Grandes Dibujos, Lorenzelli Arte, Milan, 2012. The artist combines earth tones and gray backgrounds, black or red forms: "accidentally produced imprints," to emphasize how the automatic gesture of "erasing" drops of color by rubbing them to zero them out, produces instead a larger and more personal trace, an "Imprint" different and opposite to the intentions that provoked it.

He continues his work on this idea of "Involuntary Footprint" with "Huella y Dibujos." an exhibition produced in collaboration with Spazia Galleria d'Arte, Bologna, October 2012 and subsequently with Galerie Carzaniga, Basel in December - January 2013.

His work is continuously exhibited at national and international Art Fairs such as Basel, Bologna, Milan, Turin, and Zurich.

Selected Exhibitions 2018 Añil, ABC-Arte, Genoa, Catalogue with 50 colour plates - text by Flaminio Gualdoni 2016 LUCA SERRA / MARKUS GRAF, Galerie Werner Bommer, Zürich 2015 Cuento Chino, Galerie Carzaniga, Basel - Catalogue with 30 colour plates- text by Alberto Zanchetta Olé (with Juan Olivares), Spazia Galleria d’Arte, Bologna Cuento Chino, VV8 Artecontemporanea, Reggio Emilia 2013 Black & White, La ragione e la passione / Reason & Passion, Lorenzelli Arte, Milano 2012 Huella y Dibujos, Galerie Carzaniga, Basel- Catalogue with 33 colour plates- text by Claudio Cerritelli. Biennale Italia - Cina, Villa Reale di Monza - Catalogo. Huella y Dibujos, Spazia galleria d'arte, Bologna - Catalogue with 33 colour plates- text by Claudio Cerritelli. Identità e paesaggio , VV8 Arte Contemporanea, Reggio Emilia . Gris y Grandes Dibujos, Lorenzelli Arte, Milano - Catalogue with 35 colour plates- text by Claudio Cerritelli. 2010 Dilema, el Hombre del Saco y Otros Accidentes, Galerie Carzaniga, Basel - Catalogue with 24 colour plates Sussurro...Whisper..., Lorenzelli Arte, Milano. 2009 El embrujo del hombre del saco, VV8 Arte Contemporanea, Reggio Emilia. 2007 Irreversible, Galerie Carzaniga, Basel - Catalogue with 35 colour plates- text by Ivan Quaroni. Tredici artisti, tredici proposte, Lorenzelli Arte, Milano.