Luciana Gallo

Thanks to continuous technical, stylistic and spiritual research, he creates passionate metaphorical stories of the journey of himself and of every man through the paths of life; compositional and chromatic harmonies intertwine with spaces of material surfaces and jets of color, which express the artist's energy and his intense and vibrant poetry.

“Chi non si incotra mai”, Embrione series, acrylic on paper, 70 x 50 cm, 2006.

From a very young age, Luciana Gallo has shown a remarkable artistic inclination for dance and figurative arts. At the age of ten, while attending La Scala Theater School in Milan, Italy, she began painting on canvas. This was beginning of everything that follows… Luciana further pursues her artistic education at the high school of arts and refines her technique while studying at the Marangoni Institute and later at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1985, Luciana starts exhibiting figurative paintings, and the following year she holds her first solo exhibition at Palazzo Carrozzi Sannini in Montecatini. In the early 1990s, she lives and works in Miami, Florida, where she participates in numerous contemporary art exhibitions. She then returns to Italy showcasing her work in Milan and other Italian locations.

From 2000 onwards, Luciana Gallo has dedicated herself entirely to her artistic career, experimenting with new mixed media techniques and transforming her figurative style into painterly surfaces infused with rich emotions and symbols.

Her exhibitions in Italy were in cities such as Milan, Rome, Naples, Turin, and Palermo, and internationally in Frankfurt, Paris, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Barcelona, and Dubai. Her most important solo exhibitions include those in 2009 in Rome and Cape Town, South Africa, in 2012 at the Andrea Ingegnito Contemporary Art in Naples, and in 2013 at the Voce Di space in New York.

In 2014, she co-curated the "Transumanza" project with Luca Jurman at the Milan Triennale, a traveling exhibition that was later showcased in Rome, L'Aquila, and Bologna in 2015. Her art journey continued with numerous other, such as at the 2018 ART EXPO in Genoa and the 2023 Moon Space event during the Milan Design Week.

“Come i coriandoli”, Embrione series acrylic on paper, 70 x 50 cm, 2006.

“Il parallelo", Embrione series acrylic on paper, 70 x 50 cm, 2006.

The painter has received numerous awards. Starting with the Emerging Artist Award in 2005 during the XVII edition of the Arts Award – Culture Award, the International Art Award of the city of Lecce in 2009, where on the same occasion she received the Special Martin Luther King Human Rights Award, up until 2018 when she was honoured with the Critics' Award at the Satura International Contest in Genoa.

“Discussione”, Embrione series, acrylic on paper, 70x 50 cm, 2006

How did all this translate to her initial work? Luciana Gallo initially focused her artistic research on the expressiveness of symbols, symbolic traces of the paths each person takes in life, painting through essential gestures, as seen in the "Embrioni" series, where energetic black-and-white strokes shape emotions and thoughts akin to the steps of an instinctive and intense dance.

While her compositions were evolving, they incorporated delicate shapes that delineated previous traces on large white spaces. Thin lines encapsulate emotions and thoughts, researching answers that remained elusive. This "tension in silence," defined by the artist, dilates in the "Strappi dell'anima" series through abstract grey skies filled with powerful red fields that symbolize the strength of her energy and passion, as well as the pain that arises from every profound change.

Luciana Gallo broadens her emotional and spiritual exploration in a more universal direction. Three-dimensional "allegorical" elements, such as resin sheep in the "sheep in line" series, enter her canvas. They are symbolizing humanity, multitudes of people who get lost and found, support each other, and almost merge into a single large white blot and finally seeking peace.

The sheep are differentiated by various chromatics and inhabit abstract spaces enriched with mixed media interventions like fabric and paper with painterly touches that create tonal variations or emphasize tactile pathways with sharp contrasts. They illuminate with rich in blue and gold intricate patterns or suddenly tinted with bursts of red ink. Their paths are not random but follow forms that emerge across the surfaces, resembling cups where they flow like lifeblood or intertwining labyrinths, united and yet inexorably entwined to ultimately find their individual path in solitude.

“Litigio”, Embrione Series, acrylic on paper, 70 x 50cm, 2006

“L’incontro”, Embrione series, acrylic on paper, 70x 50 cm, 2006

In some of her works, the artist paints words, foundational elements alongside colour and symbol. These cover her poetics or appear as individual symbols interpreting keys uniquely. The words traverse the material surfaces with ever-changing compositional rhythms, like musical scores, partially covered by delicate fabrics that embellish them and reveal the value of each voice's expression.

Luciana Gallo composes her works between emptiness and substance through a quest for balance. Between chromatic contrasts and silences. Everything is pervaded by energy of the constant life flow and by harmony. Harmony is the mirror of spirituality that wraps every particle of life.

Alessandra Cusinato