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Lucio Ranucci

1925 - 2017 Perledo (LC), Italy

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  • About the Artist

Lucio Ranucci, one of the exponents of the artistic current known as "realist cubism" was born in 1925 in Perledo (then in the province of Como, now Lecco). Both the father and the mother are doctors and therefore forced to move often for work, so Lucio and his sister Silvia spend their childhood in the various pipelines between northern and southern Italy.

Unfortunately in 1933 his father Bernardino died and his mother decided to move to Milan with his daughter, leaving Lucio in boarding school in Perugia, where the boy stayed to study for eight years. At the beginning of 1943 Lucio Ranucci, like many of his eighteen-year-old peers, volunteered with the Italian military contingent for North Africa for what he imagines is a heroic adventure.

The adventure lasted a few months, in May of the same year he was taken prisoner in Tunisia and returned to Italy in January 1945, as an interpreter for the Anglo-American troops After the war, Lucio Ranucci joined his family in Milan where he worked as a journalist, but , in 1947 driven by his desire for knowledge, he left for Argentina.

Lucio Ranucci does not have many economic possibilities and, at the beginning of his stay in Latin America, he is forced to accept occasional jobs to live: he is a sailor, a funeral driver, a photographer, moving to Chile, Bolivia and in Peru, always keeping close to the cultural environment of the various countries, painting and taking an interest in local painting. Lucio Ranucci continues to be a journalist by painting his messages of denunciation of poverty, abuse and the lack of freedom of the South American populations. 

Since 1949, the year of his first solo exhibition at the Marini Gallery in Lima, Peru, he has exhibited almost every year in Ecuador, Colombia, Nicaragua and, for the past forty years, in the United States, Italy and Europe. In 1950 Ranucci moved to Ecuador, where he put his profound culture and passion for theater to good use and worked as a director and screenwriter for the University of Quito theater, while exhibiting in Colombia and Jamaica.
Belonging to the Murals school, Lucio Ranucci, like Diego Rivera, is convinced of the need to "shout" social truth with painting, as Picasso did by painting Guernica.

“Painting - he will say in an interview in 1980 - I am particularly interested in its impact on social and political phenomena. Certainly today more immediate results are obtained with cinema and with television, but think a little when the painter was really the only witness of his time, it was an exceptional fact, there was a graphic function of testimony."

The technique that Lucio Ranucci uses in his paintings is that of oil and acrylic, with the addition, sometimes, of sand and earth.
The human figures, favorite subjects of Lucio Ranucci, are static, often taken from the front, they look like wooden dummies, but paradoxically those geometric and cubist shapes express a great spirituality and deep emotions.

Works by Lucio Ranucci

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63 x 54 cm

720,00 €

2000

85 x 65 cm

900,00 €

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