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Damiano Spelta

1966 Milano, Italy

3 Works exhibited

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In the last twenty years, Damiano Spelta has developed an articulated and eclectic artistic technique, which always begins with an idea that is later transformed by assembling several objects and by painting surfaces of all kinds. 

Spelta takes inspiration both form the Dadaist Movement, with regards to his ideological conception, and from the Pop Art mentality, with regards to his irreverent irony. However, he does not want to be classified within any of these movements as he wants his art to be fluid and to be recognized for its ability to play with materials. He transforms daily objects into something unexpected, and this is the consequence of a profound reflection on contemporaneity as the only dimension of thought. He is an experimenter of materials and techniques, art and design mixing them without conformism. His source of inspiration comes from reflection on the contemporary world, whether it is a painting or a design object, and from its contradictions, form one’s obsessions and weaknesses, from one’s self comparison with the idea of who we "would like to be" rather than who we really are.

There are many ways to interpret the meaning of life, Spelta's way is metaphorically ironic and provocative, sarcastic and scratchy.
His peculiar language is passionate, fascinating, amusing and leaves the observer surprisingly contemplative about social reflections. 

Through his skillful mix of components tastefully crafted, Spelta creates his ”assemblage raffinè", explanatory works of a biting and benevolent philosophy, genuine representations of a chaotic world but also of an hedonistic pleasure pervading our daily lives. His style is immediately recognizable and worthy of universal and transcendent fascination. His multifaceted vision is not a marketing operation nor a market calculation, it derives from his ability to to grasp the existential needs, constantly changing, and from his rare sensitivity. 

His artworks are signs, construction of meanings and as such revelations of his infinite creativity and his expressive style. 
Examples are "Xolex”, a seat in steel, aluminum and glass which provocatively reminds us of a wristwatch, the main status symbol, or "500" consisting of an airbrushed car body reproducing a € 500 banknote for a Fiat 500 using materials of original assembly, or "The Tongue" the chaise longue that with its language wraps anyone who wants to indulge in pleasure, as well as "Omaggio a Fontana" "Mazzetta" "Compassione" and his remaining production.

SUSANNE CAPOLONGO

To me, Damiano Spelta is one of the rare artists who comments on reality through objects. Daily objects and concepts jump to his attention and his creativity changes their functions and transforms their scale. So we find ourselves in front of a wristwatch that has become a seat or a chaise longue made up of a large tongue that reminds us of how much people talk unnecessarily or in front of a giant lipstick that has become the functional pivot of a coffee table and expresses the importance of cosmetics in our life. The focus is that these objects reject abstraction, a blessed and desirable attitude, and introduce us into the world of the images with an ironic, jovial and fantastic attitude.

GAETANO FISH

2019
NEW LOCATION,  galleria Federica Ghizzoni, Milan
Rarity Summer Contemporary Exhibition - Rarity Gallery Mykonos (Greece)
L’Arte del Gol Fondazione Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2018
Think Big, Jerome Zodo Gallery, London
Art Miami 2018, Miami
Arco, AD Vivir con Arte, Madrid
Maison & Objet, Illulian Luxury rag, Paris
Fuorisalone, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milano
Fuorisalone, Nhow Hotel
Walk to Asap, Fuorisalone, Milano

2017
Biennale D’arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino
Fuorisalone, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milano
Giro Giro Tondo, Design for Children, Triennale Design Museum, Milano
PAD Art + Design, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, London

2016
Frontespettiva, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milano
Sfioro, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milano
Fuorisalone, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milano
Skateboard Confluence, Galleria Seno, Milano
Up in the Sky, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milano

2015
Fuorisalone, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milano

2014
Fuorisalone, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milano
Suggestions, Art and Design Stories, Galleria Il Castello, Milano
Untold, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milano

2013
Galleria Ostrakon, Shop_Les jeux d’amour, Milano
Adisco, Sotheby’s Arte Contemporanea, Milano

2012
007 New Bond Street, Galleria Federica Ghizzoni, Milano
Pop Corn, Galleria Seno, Milano
Pop Corn, Galleria Castello, Milano

2010
Bam Piemonte Project Grafik, Biennale Arte M e Contemporanea del Piemonte, Torino

2009
Wake Up, The White Gallery, Milano
Il Disordine è nell’Ordine, Circle, Milano
Bam on Tour Artdesign, Artissima 16 Lingotto Fiere, Torino
2008
Bam Piemonte Project, ArtDesign, Torino

2007
Designdolls, Il design Italiano per l’Unicef, Triennale di Milano
White Star Adventure, Salone del Mobile, Milano


2006
Abitare il Tempo, Zesign, Verona
Work in Progress, Galleria Colossi, Brescia

2005
“Le Signore“ di G.Pesce (collaborazione), Triennale di Milano

1998
Tecno Caliente, Marcatti & Associati, Milano
RUMORS, Pianeti Notturni, Milano
Tecno Caliente, Centro Disegno Industriale Montevideo, Uruguay

1995
Un cuore per Amico, Triennale di Milano

Works by Damiano Spelta

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2019

35 x 73 x 18 cm

13000,00 €

2012

101 x 103 x 5 cm

17000,00 €

2012

100 x 42 x 28 cm

14000,00 €

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