United Arab Emirates - March 7, 2019: Luca Valentini’s myriad worlds have unprecedented pulling power, enticing consumers and critics alike. The fashion artist unravels his own past, aesthetic obsessions and fabulist fantasies through his artistic work of symbols and metaphors.
From Rome to Dubai, Valentini’s perspective, his universe, is indeed an inclusive one: blurring the lines between genres and gender; attracting people of all ages, and from culturally diverse places - as if that were the most obvious thing in the world.
The classicism of the cultural environment in which Valentini lives, his modern way of painting united with the contemporaneity of his subjects, and the depth of his messages make him a personality and artist that adds grist to the mill.
Endowed with superlative technical quality, Valentini appropriates and re-appropriates references to the point where, though there’s a certain familiarity to anyone looking on, the overriding sense is one of disorientation. For the forensic fashion followers, the unravelling of Valentini's sources and inspiration is intriguing.
Others may simply revel in the layer upon layer of vaguely and recognisable elements, safe in the knowledge that there is certainly storytelling at work, but that story may be all the more engaging for remaining the mystery and magic of the metaphor.
The truth his bold portraits exude with significant use of monochrome refers to life as a perpetual state of becoming: 'a future that is impossible to seize, because it is mysterious and ambiguous, suspended in the eternal contrast of its colours'.
Speaking on his bold and most recent 'Our Myths' collection, Valentini says the celebrities he depicts, immortalised in a series of symbols and metaphors within his work, represent 'purity uncorrupted', sedimented in the reworking of famous covers of newspapers and magazines, with iconic value acutely emphasized.
'I play around with my paintings. I aim to reflect a message in a different and unconventional way. I like to create a twist on magazine covers and advertisement that expresses a certain reflection to others. To me, it’s all about addressing what can’t be seen in regular brand advertisements.
'I’m inspired by everything that I admire or catches my attention. Whether it’s fashion, music, movies or stage shows, I create a story or a meaning for every magazine cover and advertisement that I create.
People generally glorify models, actors, and musicians, but to me, we are actually all the same. Composed of flesh, bones, and muscles, which is why I believe there is no need to glorify such celebrity figures,' Valentini said.
Valentini’s Action Painting is three-dimensional and the material reflects contemporary art, but it is enriched with contamination between street art and solid German expressionism; his canvas becomes 'an imploded universe of suggestions and meaning'.
In this way, Valentini says he is able to make the space of his paintings universal and cosmic, 'taming them with magnificent obsessions that intimidate, ask questions and provide answers.' He suggests his world is not conciliatory; it is an environment of strength and tension.
The synthesis of his art is not yet to come, because his pulsions talk to us about a curious artist who desires to experiment in new languages, and who allows himself to indulge in inspiration without fear or reverence.