Luca Alinari

Luca ALINARI | Works and biography



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 later settled in Rignano sull'Arno where he lived and worked throughout his life. Like all children, he loves drawing and painting, but this passion will become his work and the main way of expressing himself.

At the age of twenty he attended the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Florence. During this period he became passionate about literary criticism and subsequently worked as a reviewer of fiction texts, in the sector of written and television communication. In 1979, Luca Alinari decided to found the art magazine "Miss Rosina", of which he will be editor and manager. 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.

Luca Alinari 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 in 1974 dedicated poems to him), and Goffredo Parise, who wrote an essay on his painting in the 1980s.

In 1990 he painted the drape of the Palio of Siena, the so-called Cencio.

Luca Alinari reaches full artistic maturity around 1993. He prefers in his works 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.

In 2011 he organized an exhibition entitled Is it, in Città di Castello. 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 bright red.

In the same year he created the logo for i World Cycling Championships of 2013, which made some stops in Tuscany. The logo encloses 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 September 28, 2014 receives the Torre di Castruccio National Award with Giorgetto Giugiaro and other important personalities of culture and medicine, on 10 June 2015 he won the Auser Silver Thread Award for painting and medal Mother of Florence.

In 2018 he received the highest recognition of the Tuscany Region, the Silver Banner.

During his life Luca Alinari organizes exhibitions in important venues, such as in Lanfranchi Palace of Matera, in Ljubljana, in the Fogola Gallery of Turin, in Royal Palace of Milan, to the Masaccio's House in the Valdarno, al Museum of Contemporary Art of Villa Croce in Genoa, at the Cheese Tower of Aosta and in Il Bisonte Gallery in Florence.

Luca Alinari died in Florence on March 15, 2019.