Ugo La Pietra



Ugo La Pietra Artist

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Ugo La Pietra is an Italian artist who has dedicated his career to exploring the relationship between the individual and the environment. His activity began in 1962 and is characterized by continuous research and experimentation, which led him to range between different artistic disciplines and to collaborate with numerous artists, architects and designers.
From the very beginning, Ugo La Pietra has positioned himself as a researcher in the visual arts, challenging conventions and escaping traditional categories. His early works consisted of tools of knowledge and models of understanding that sought to transform the relationship between work and viewer. He has explored various artistic currents, including sign art, conceptual art, environmental art, social art, cinema artist, new writing, architecture and radical design.
Ugo La Pietra shared his thoughts and experiences through intense teaching and editorial activity. He founded several research groups, such as the Gruppo del Cenobio, La Lepre Lunare, Global Tools, Cooperativa Maroncelli and Free Laboratory. Through these collaborations, he has involved a vast number of operators in the fields of visual arts, architecture and design.
His artistic training began in the 1950s, when he approached music as a clarinettist in Kids Stompers Jazz Band. Subsequently, he enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic of Milan in 1957. During this period, he began his sign research in painting, which aimed to recover an experimental symbolic language. Over the following years, Ugo La Pietra developed various theories and projects that contributed to redefining the concept of Disbalancing System. This theory, published in 1968/69, was applied to works and actions on an object and urban scale to highlight the contradictions present in the urban environment itself.
Radical design was one of its most original expressions, in which it tried to subvert the conventions of conventional design. His artistic and research activity has also extended to the social sphere and street furniture. He has experimented with the use of tools for the reappropriation of the urban environment and has designed and created installations and urban interventions in various Italian and international cities. In addition to his artistic production, Ugo La Pietra has dedicated time to editorial and to the dissemination of his theories. He edited various publications and magazines, including the magazine In , which gave voice to radical research in the field of design and art in Italy and abroad. Ugo La Pietra's career has been characterized by continuous research and experimentation, which has made him an anomalous and difficult artist to classify. His vast artistic production and his commitment to teaching and publishing have made Ugo La Pietra a reference figure in the contemporary artistic panorama.



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