Luca Viapiana’s singular multimedia work is a blend of timeless mythology, modern aesthetic, and mundane reality. Viapiana begins with a collection of tax forms, which he spreads in an orderly but subtle pattern over a canvas. This is the first layer of what he calls “what the eye of a contemporary subject absorbs” on a daily basis. On top of this, Viapiana paints something almost the complete opposite: an allegorical or apocryphal image, done in incredible detail but still shrouded in mystery. The painting style is sleek and assured, with graceful lines and a grounded palette.
These painted images – which can be scenes, animals, or supernatural figures – allude to mystical and dystopian concepts while never becoming recognizable enough to be definitively named. It is the viewer’s own dreams, fears, and concerns that Viapiana wants to access. It is the personal experience of going through one’s own life.
Viapiana was born in Catanzano, Italy, where he continues to life today. He is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, and art director.