Coffee Chats with LTArt: Fabio Pietrantonio, An Italian Rising Star

In our second artist spotlight and third episode of our Coffee Chats with LTArt series, LTArt CEO Francesca Casiraghi speaks to Fabio Pietrantonio, a rising star on the contemporary art scene in Italy.

27 June, 2023

In the latest Coffee Chats with LTArt, LTArt CEO Francesca Casiraghi sits down with contemporary artist Fabio Pietrantonio to discuss the inspiration behind his works, past projects and our current collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK.

Click on the video below to view the full discussion. Alternatively, if this doesn't work, you can also find it here.

Fabio Pietrantonio was born in Turin (Italy) in 1966. Previously the assistant of sculptor Gaspare da Brescia, he took part in the creation of works on religious subjects commissioned by the Vatican Museums. Travels and encounters with indigenous populations, such as the Australian Aboriginals and Native Americans, strongly conditioned his research. Active in exhibitions, performances and installations all over the world, Pietrantonio’s work is part of many prominent private collections and has been exhibited in leading institutions on the art scene, such as Gallerie d'Italia of Banca Intesa in Italy, where he recently presented the “Hug me” project, on view at the Naples gallery from May to July 2023, before travelling to Turin and Milan.

At the heart of Pietrantonio's work is a recurrent symbol: the knot, which is read in a cathartic way by the artist. The knot establishes a direct connection to his own experience, iconoclastic associations and anthropological-cultural readings of various origins. With clear references to Arte Povera, his works are composed of just a few materials: a canvas and recycled fabrics. They represent the elimination of the superfluous to leave room for a more metaphorical and emotional message.

Fabio and LTArt are currently collaborating on a project with the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK, for which the artist has created a triptych resembling the Italian flag to be sold in Art Shares. The project is only available for purchase by members of the Chamber.

Fabio Pietrantonio, “Confini - Verso il domani. L’italianità”, 2023

Would you like to participate in our Coffee Chats with LTArt series? We are always open to new collaborations and episode ideas that are relevant to the industry. To pitch a collaboration, please get in touch with us here.

Aurelia Clavien

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