Luca Alinari he is considered one of the greatest Italian artists of the twentieth century. He was a self-taught painter, a set designer and one of the most active national and international intellectuals.
Luca Alinari was born in Florence on October 27, 1943. He settled in the municipality near the capital, Rignano sull'Arno, where he lived and worked throughout his life.
Like all children he loves to draw and paint, but this passion will become his job and his greatest way of expressing himself.
At twenty he attended the University, specifically the Faculty of Arts. During this period he became passionate about literary criticism and subsequently worked as a reviewer of fiction texts in the field of written and television communication. In 1979 he decided to found the art magazine "Signorina Rosina", of which he will be editor and director.
In the same period he is very active in the intellectual and artistic world.
From the seventies he began to establish himself as a painter. A study on the free combination of objects and figures in fantastic atmospheres begins. His initial stylistic references are in fact linked to Pop art and above all al Neodada . Experiment with different techniques, such as the use of collages, decals, fluorescent colors and photographic transpositions.
During his life Luca Alinari also dedicated himself to Graphic Art, creating works in screen printing and lithography, and painting on different materials such as fresco, plexiglass, wood and colored fabric which, once fixed on the canvas, allowed him to obtain original colors.
Luca Alinari's works are characterized by a high figural precision, given by the observation of nature, the passage of the seasons, the colors of the sky and leaves and the gestures of people. His paintings are highly appreciated because they are able to disturb the mind of the viewer.
There are never perspective plans, his works are inspired by the innocence of childhood, allowing those who observe them to remember their childhood. His paintings are fairytale worlds and are characterized by the lively application of colors.
He was a friend of some important writers, such as Domenico Rea, Alfonso Gatto, José Saramago (who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998), Edoardo Sanguineti (who dedicated poems to him in 1974), and Goffredo Parise, who wrote an essay on his painting in the 80s.
In 1990 he painted the banner of the Palio di Siena, the so-called Cencio.
He reaches full artistic maturity around 1993. In his works he prefers fantastic landscapes characterized by a lively and brilliant color scheme. He uses an original painting technique that combines material drafts and refined backgrounds of smooth and transparent color.
During his life he also created Murano glass sculptures, with intense and particular colors and shapes.
In 2011 he organized an exhibition entitled Gelo, in Perugia. He is interviewed by Italian Art Magazine, and declares that the name was inspired by a quote from the writer Franz Kafka. Luca Alinari attributes the task of thawing to his latest works, which are colored in a brilliant red. He wants to make everyone understand that the world is experiencing "frost".
In the same year he created the logo and an installation of several interlinked works for the 2013 World Cycling Championships, which he made some stops in Tuscany. The logo encloses in the essential lines of a bicycle, with the frame representing a hill, a Renaissance profile, a hint of a typical Italian landscape characterized by cypresses, but also the rationality of the line and the new humanistic perspective.
Over the years he won several important prizes: on 12 June 2014 he was awarded at the Spoleto Festival Art; on 28 September 2014 he received the Torre di Castruccio National Award with Giorgetto Giugiaro and other important personalities of culture and medicine; in May 2015 Luca Alinari creates the official poster of the Spoleto Festival Art.
In the same year, on 10 June 2015 he won the Auser "Filo argento" prize for painting and the Florentia Mater medal at Palazzo Vecchio.
In 2018 he received the highest recognition of the Tuscany Region, the Silver Banner.
During his life he organized exhibitions in important venues, such as in the Palazzo Lanfranchi in Matera, in Ljubljana, in the Galleria Fogola in Turin, in the Royal Palace in Milan, at the Casa del Masaccio in Valdarno, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Villa Croce in Genoa. , at the Tour Fromage in Aosta and in the Il Bisonte Gallery in Florence.
He died in Florence on March 15, 2019.