Dacia Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Italian artist and poet Stefano Losi, Under The Burnt Walls, from November 16th through the 30th. The author’s art project, developed between Milan, London, and New York since the early 1990's, combines on large size linen or jute dramatic studies of the human figure and intense original poetry. The natural earthy colors are a result of a chromatic research that merges acrylic media, sands and oxidized metal minerals as iron, copper, bronze, or titanium, and pure gold. The works reflect the fine art education received since early childhood at the classical painting practice of his grandfather in Lake Como, near Milan. After having received his graduate degree at the Luigi Bocconi University of Milan in 1993, Stefano worked in senior management roles in different International Institutions, and in 2005 was nominated Knight of the Italian Republic by President Ciampi. His art has already been honored with two solo exhibitions at the United Nations in New York.
Stefano Losi grew up engrossed in classical art and literature. The Mediterranean culture still emerges as a reference in his visual works, yet with a clear contemporary sensitivity. Journalist and writer Marco Mathieu described the author’s art as “Timeless. On the contrary, inside time. And beyond… Significant. Blunt. Stirring, most of all… Strokes and shadows. Black. Intensity, Liberty. And Love.” The poetry, bringing back to life the classical lyric and then neoteric Greek and Latin schools, intends indeed to foreground different interpretative perspectives as an attempt to frame the terms of contemporary social debate, facing crucial themes as liberty and love, an essential constitutive personal element, but formidable tension in a political dimension.
Three books collecting his visual art and epigrams, providing an overview of Stefano Losi’s artistic work in the respective creative periods, were published in 1996, 2001 and 2010. The most recent volume, titled “Under The Burnt Walls”, includes a foreword by Antonio Maria Costa (Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations), and was presented to the 2010 edition of BookExpo America.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a selection of Stefano Losi’s books fully illustrated and with poetry.