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Tino Luciano, a Sardinian artist of the 50s, explores allegorical scenes through his portraits and paintings. Delve deep into the artist's imagination below.

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Tino Luciano has been painting and creating from an early age. As an artist who was born in Sardinia in the year of 1953, he has spent decades integrated with the art world. The maturation of his brush, owing to years of experience, proves itself elegantly on his canvas. 

Luciano’s style could be defined as imaginary figuration with his allegorical and clear representation of dream-like scenarios. His works are filled with people accompanied by beasts, animals, and other surreal figures while the setting is often ominous. 

Tino Luciano, Passagi, 2016. Courtesy of Morren Galleries

Luciano’s inspiration lies in the European Renaissance. The faces and the postures of the figures, and their clothing manifest themselves as hints of the period centuries after its initiation. Simultaneously, he sometimes refers to the Antiquity or unknown worlds from other times. 

The artworks are often times allegorical. In some of them, the story is an instance from the Bible, in others, it’s an imagined scenario. Yet, the surroundings remind the viewers of a story once told. 

Tino Luciano, Genesis, 2018. Courtesy of Morren Galleries

Luciano’s use of colors seems to be emanating light as if the paintings have a natural glow of their own. The aura this effect creates gives off the feeling of something reminiscent of paradise. The clash of the darkness with the glow is intrinsically poetic as well as magical.

For a viewer to get lost in and enjoy Luciano’s paintings, they should adopt the artist’s approach. Luciano lets his subconscious flow and releases himself into the arms of the process. Without knowing the endpoint for certain, he trusts his instincts and lets his emotions do the talk. Accordingly, the viewers should also have an open mind and let their imagination run free to be able to thoroughly enjoy the art.

Cover image: Tino Luciano, Risvegli, 2015. Courtesy of Morren Galleries

Written by Naz Akgun

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