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Bernardino Luino

1951 Latina, Italy

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  • About the Artist

Bernardino Luino was born in Latina in 1951. At the age of twelve, inspired by a landscape by Giorgio Morandi, he began his career as a painter. Against the wishes of his parents, he continued his education by enrolling first in the Academy of Rome, then in Florence, where he graduated with a thesis on Théodore Géricault and La Zattera della Medusa. Towards the end of the Academy, Luino begins to find his artistic language, elaborating the first mature works and exposing them in his first personal exhibition in Florence in 1975. In 1976 Luino moved to Milan, where for a period he lived in the painter's studio Gianfranco Ferroni. In 1979, driven by numerous conversations and a common vision of painting, Luino, Ferroni and four other painters (Giuseppe Bartolini, Sandro Luporini, Lino Mannocci and Giorgio Tonelli, Giuseppe Biagi joined the group in 1983) founded La Metacosa. The group exhibits collectively from 1979 to 1983. 1982 marks a turning point for Luino. Invited by the historic gallery Il Fante di Spade, the artist exhibits for the first time the interiors that will become from then on a central motif in his work. The exhibition is presented by Franco Solmi, director in those years of the Giorgio Morandi Museum in Bologna. The same year, Luino participates in the group exhibition Giovani Pittori Scultori Italiani, at the Rotonda di via Besana in Milan, curated by art critics Umberto Allemandi, Achille Bonito Oliva, Enzo Fabiani, Osvaldo Patani and Alberico Sala. In the following years, Luino is called to exhibit in the most prestigious national art exhibitions. In painting, he participates in the XXIX, XXXI and XXXII National Biennial of Art, while his recordings are presented at the IV, V and VI Triennial of the engraving at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan and at the Contemporary Italian Graphics exhibition, organized in 1982 by the QuadriennaleNational Art of Rome. In the summer of 1982, a passionate patron invited Luino to travel, first to Mexico, then to Philadelphia and finally to New York. Inspired by the great metropolis, Luino paints his first New York scenes - including The Lobster Colored Façade (1984). In 1985, Luino returns to New York for his first solo exhibition at the Gallery Henoch, where he will exhibit again in 1988 and 1994. During the 1988 exhibition, the great American director Billy Wilder buys "one of those tiled rooms with the lonely bed" in it "(one of those rooms with tiles and a solitary bed), declaring, in a letter to the artist:" I love your stuff "(I love your things). In 1988 and 2002 Luino participated in the prestigious Armory Show. Between 1990 and 2000, Luino made three important solo exhibitions in Milan. In 1992 the Galleria Appiani Arte Trentadue exhibited his works, with a presentation by Maurizio Fagiolo dell'Arco. The focus is on the figures, shown in a group for the first time, and the nudes, including Nudo n ° 1 (1988), Nudo n ° 2 (1988-91). In the same gallery follows in 1998 the retrospective Bernardino Luino: paintings and mixed techniques 1987-1998, with a catalog published by Skira. In 2003, at the Galleria Marieschi, Vittorio Sgarbi presents La luce di Luino. It is an opportunity for Luino to exhibit in Italy, for the first time, his New York scenes, including Vesuvio Bakery (2001), Scala esterni (2001-02) and Freedom of Vodka (2002). In the last twenty years, Luino's works have been included in numerous retrospectives of Italian art, in particular: 2000 Elogio della Bellezza / De Metaphisica (1999, edited by Maurizio Fagiolo dell'Arco); Phenomenology of Metacosa: 7 artists in 1979 in Milan and twenty-five years later (2004, curated by Philippe Daverio at the Spazio Oberdan in Milan); Italian art. 1968-2007 Painting (2007, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi) and Morandi and still life today in Italy (2007, curated by Marilena Pasquali). In 2008 and 2010, Luino exhibited in rue de Seine in Paris, at the Galerie Déprez-Bellorget, presenting French landscapes for the first time. In 2011 he exhibited a series of 'sheets in the room', in the Italian Pavilion of the 54th. Venice Biennale, with a presentation by Quirino Principe, who writes about his painting: 'what Borges says about mirrors is worth: "por eso nos alarman" (that is how they disturb us). The most recent works by Bernardino Luino were exhibited in a series of personal exhibitions organized by the Galleria Marini in Milan in 2012, the Cultural Center Le Muse di Andria in 2013 and the Sifrein gallery in Paris in 2016. With the Le Muse Cultural Center Andria, Luino also participates in two group exhibitions: Art as heresy (2014) and Frontier of existence, elsewhere in art (2016), the latter presented by Stefano Crespi. Luino is also invited to take part in two group exhibitions dedicated to masters to whom he acknowledges similar: After De Chirico, an exhibition organized by the Panorama Museum in Bad Frankenhausen (2012) and Per Vilhelm Hammershøi (Rome, 2016). 

Currently, Luino lives and works in Milan and Paris. In Milan, he divides his time between the study on the Naviglio and the classrooms of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, where he teaches Techniques of Engraving-Graphic Art, In the same Academy directs the School of Graphics

Works by Bernardino Luino

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