“He would grow up to paint pictures of naked women and tell dirty stories for profit,” said a famous Toronto journalist and writer.
Born in Montreal, Canada, 1962, Luigi Monteferrante lives in Vasto Marina, Italy, where he paints, writes and rides his Harley Davidson hard and long, having travelled from Bruxelles to HQ – 1600 km – in one single run of 16 hours and 45 minutes. He paints the same way: intensively hard and long, often in series depicting one and the same themes: the beauty and mystery of people, men and women going about their business, or jut standing at a break in the day or night, a pause in their quest for love. And understanding.
A much-published poet, and narrator, Monteferrante defines his visual art as straighforward narrative, plain and simple, but in their iconic simplicity: enigma.
The stage set, the characters are portrayed facing a possibly life-changing decision, pivot points wherein the viewer’s very observation and interpretation act upon the subjects, altering their decisions, influencing the outcome, rendering the finale into a new and unexpected end.
Or simply an aesthetically pleasing experience.
He likes to work in series. In a way, they all belong to an ongoing saga entitled Figurative Narrations & Modern Mythologies; it includes the series: Sex $ Drugs £ Rock & Roll; Louis Hausarbeit; True North; Les Deux Framboises – see links.
Prolific, manic, obsessive, gregarious, Monteferrante produced Gang of Tolstoy, manufacturers of music for the savant-garde. Their most recent album: Music for Museums & Galleries, available for download at iTunes, Amazon.
Of late, he has begun work on a new series of paintings. And a major ride to Russia.
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June 11-17 2017, Sala Mattioli, Vasto, Italy;
15 January – 15 February 2017, Drank Wine, San Salvo, Italy;
11-14 August 2016, Identities, Association of Italian Canadian Writers Biennale, Padula, Italy;
11-30 March 2016 – Sex $ Drugs % Rock $ Roll, Centro Culturale Aldo Moro, San Salvo, Italy;
March 2016 – Legend Galleries, Philadelphia, USA (Group show: Figuratively);
27 February 2016 – StartHub Pescara, Pescara, Italy (Group Show);
October 2015 – Metamorphoses, Sala Mattioli, Vasto, Italy;
12 September – 31 October 2015 – Momart Roma, Italy;
May 2014 – The Age of Apollo & Beyond, Bocconi University, Milano, Italy;
May 2014 – Sala Michelangelo, Vasto, Italy (Group Show)
‘Monteferrante’s paintings are charged with the present moment gasping for air in panic, looking for a way out – a word, an expression, a memory past. Monteferrante is not intimidated by the form. He paints faster than his hand can brush the paint onto the canvas. Like a child excited to tell his story, he rushes to the end in one breath in hopes he doesn’t lose the essence of time. Monteferrante with passion confronts the painful banality of life, knowing there’s no tomorrow.’ (COSIMO CAVALLARO)
NEW PAINTINGS FALL/WINTER 2016
AT A GLANCE
TRAVELS WITH CONSTANCE (photo series)
The AFTERLIFE of ROMANS
ALBUM COVERS FOR GANG OF TOLSTOY