riccardo licata

Riccardo Licata is one of the most interesting cases of Italian art. His training took place in Venice where he arrived young to undertake studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, where he still lives, alternating between long periods of stay at his home in Paris, the city where, in 1957, was called as an assistant to Severini at the Ecole Italienne d'Art before becoming professor of the Atelier Italien de Mosaïque, at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts. Until then Licata actively participates in the artistic life of his city displaying a great creative versatility that will lead him to experiment and diversify traditional painting techniques along with the mosaic, engraving and glass processing. The search for a graphical and pictorial original and devoid of figurative connotations, has led him very young to express their interest in abstract art, becoming, in just a few years, one of the artists most demanded by the market and esteemed by critics. His participation at the Venice Biennale d’Arte, which started in 1952 and continued for a total of seven editions, looked out on the international art scene now getting support. His very personal way of painting wrote that: "My studies and my experiences have led me to conceive of art in a personal form. I try to paint life as if I wrote my diary everything that interests me intellectually and sensorially I translate in my painting. I think I'm a painter of reality and truth because each of my colors or signs or spaces is related to an impulse dictated by a specific event or thought or feeling or emotion. " Knowledge of Lucchetta brothers came through the mediation of Giovanni Granzotto that for some years follows the artist's exhibition activity organizing exhibitions of national and international importance with the support of Euromobil. The Lucchetta brothers knew the work of Licata since a long time, but without a direct relationship with the artist. The first real opportunity to establish a relationship of trust and cooperation occurred in 2000 when Euromobil helped to support the project of an exhibition that placed in the abstraction of Ennio Finzi in comparison with that of Richard Licata in the seats of the sCastello Cinquecentesco dell’Aquila and then Villa Pisani at Stra of Venice. In 2006, the Lucchettas decided to dedicate to Licata the corporate calendar 2007. The twelve images and the choice of the cover took place entirely in harmony with the artist who remembers the ease in understanding with the Lucchettas: "They came to Venice in the afternoon and in a very short time we agreed on the choice of works. It was an album of watercolors of the eighties and nineties, from which we chose seven. I was impressed by their rapid decision-making and at the same time of their flexibility. They would not have provided any authorization to print without first they had evaluated my approval, which of course they had immediately; in their actions I noticed a great determination and an unlimited form of respect towards my work. Aspects that I consider fundamental in the life, also of a painter. The determination has served me since young I tenaciously wanted to take this job despite not having received the approval of my father. I have always worked hard and continued to do so even today, with the same passion and the same love that I had a time. It is important, I would say it is the key to my life, to paint and draw all the time. Even today I always carry travel notebooks which accompanies me everywhere and they allows me to fill this uncontrollable urge to give a body to my thoughts, to record the events of everyday life and the emotions arising from the nature. Also the respect for my activity, the Lucchetta brothers showed, is a mode of the spirit which is significantly important in life and for each job, even and especially in the arts. In fact, the life of a painter is a moral choice in the sense of purity, of conviction, of obstinacy on the forms of thought, of stylistic perseverance, of integrity of the profession, of the honesty of the concept, to tend to a deeper inner life, in the sense of a work of the spirit, of genuine cultural mission (but outside of religion) and the commitment of the individual domains of thought and in its relations with society. The painter's life is difficult, it takes a lot of tenacity and courage to fight and to hold, but the freedom, sincerity, authenticity, generosity, the ability to express themselves and the oeuvre give to the painter the inner feeling of positive behavior ".