WHERE I HAVE BEEN.
Recent works, from 2013 to present.
9 SEPTEMBER – 11 NOVEMBER 2016
At Comune di Melano
Via Cantonale 89 / 6818 Melano (CH)
MON – FRI h 8 – 10
MON AND WED h 16 – 18
Set up on the spaces of the Municipal House of Melano from 9 September to 11 November 2016, the exhibition, entitled “Where I have been. Recent works, from 2013 to present “, displays over seventy works that characterize the last stage of the artist’s pictorial production. The exhibition is the artist’s return to the public, after a period of artistic reflection (his last solo exhibition dates back to 2013).
Known for a highly personal style based on a mixed technique made of painting, collage, inserting of fabric, sand and cards, Lupi carries on his canvas the moments of his memory and of his unconscious: episodes of his life, familiar faces, moments he really lived, family affections, and everything is part of the personal emotional microcosm of his daily life and his childhood. Everything portrayed with an artistic act dominated by randomness and instinct.
Marco Lupi was born in Balerna on 6th May 1958. He first attended the School Centre for the Arts Industry in Lugano (CSIA, Centro Scolastico Industrie Artistiche) and later he completed his formation by pursuing his own stylistic and expressive research in total autonomy.
His curious nature urged him to visit museums, liaise with artists and immerse himself in the surrounding creative environment. He took inspiration from it, but he always refused fixed references or patterns. The only acknowledged teacher is Carlo Gulminelli, who guided him in his growth as an artist.
Lupi then found employment as part-time hospital nursing assistant. The decision to work for over 20 years within a part-time salaried position is based on his need to spend the rest of his time painting, with absolute freedom of expression.
His first exhibition dates back to 1985. In the following years he regularly exhibited in Ticino and the rest of Switzerland, and in Italy too, participating in several collective exhibitions.
Since 1987 Lupi has been living in Mendrisio, where he established his studio inside an old railway toll. In 2009 he moved his atelier in a room within the Chiasso railway station.
Since 2005 he’s been a proactive member of Visarte Ticino.
«This is Marco Lupi. A child who directed his curious eyes to the surrounding world, capturing images and storing details, instants, flavours, glances, meetings, colours and sensations. A grown-up artist who has discovered the pleasure to recall memories and let them evaporate, until they condense again, like drops, on canvas».
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