ARTE GLOBALE is pleased to present a collective exhibition by the
acclaimed contemporary artists: Domenico Ludovico, Alejandro Plaza and Aristotle Roufanis.
6 June 2017
About the artists
Inspired by the ongoing relationship between creativity and the sculptural act of
transformation, Domenico Ludovico deftly conjures up emotions, memories and
dreams through his tactile mastery of raw organic material – be it the purity of
Tuscan marble or heavy orphan stone.
Ludovico is interested in this process of discovery. Through his powerful and
impeccably skilled technique he moulds, remodels and experiments, allowing
emotive and existential figures to emerge from the material. The artist works with
and against the rock to capture and take hold of the intrinsic forms that each one
infers, giving status to an initial suggestion.
Working among the quarries favoured by Michelangelo, Ludovico's works are
based on an art historical conversation between the past and the present,
deploying both traditional methods and state of the art technology to convey
Domenico Ludovico (1982, Acquaviva Delle Fonti, Bari, Italy) lives and works in
the mountainous Italian region of Garfagnana, within the Tuscan province of Lucca.
Noted for his expertise in stone carving Ludovico has – since graduation from the
Academy of Fine Art in Carrara, a city famed for its marble - continuously
collaborated with some of the most prestigious art galleries and artist studios in
the world. His precious pieces were recently exhibited at the prestigious Saatchi
Gallery in London.
After finding his perfect mediums in painting and pop sculptures, in which he immerses himself with dedication. Alejandro Plaza keeps emerging with fresh and powerful concepts. Pianos, sports cars, surrealistic views are all created and re-invented by Plaza, with his signature, unique and playful perspective. The explosive and resulting outcome mirrors the sparkling contradictions of our times. Objects and persona are transformed to a great extent, situating stories and their protagonists provocatively at their departure point.
We easily get taken back by looking at his paintings, yet is just a beginning of an energetic flux of intense viewpoints, stories, characters, places, and global icons. The emotive responses by the viewer to the quotidian pop culture of the glossy imaginary drives Alejandro Plaza practice, integrating his powerful works in our immediate familiarity.
His paintings and sculptures are collected - and exhibited- worldwide. They were sold out at the prestigious 2015 Golden Globe Awards, Viewing Party Auction, Miami, USA; establishing Plaza as one of the youngest and most talented artists of the contemporary art market.
Alejandro Plaza was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1989. After experimenting with pictorial techniques on canvas and board in Denmark, he returned to Caracas where he began to study illustration at the Institute of Design.
His work has been exhibited in major Venezuela’s galleries; it was part of the “El arte a beneficio de la vida de un niño” (Art for the benefit of a child’s life); Benefit auction for the Child’s Protection Foundation (FUNDANA), Caracas, Venezuela. (2014) and most recently of the Golden Globe Awards Viewing Party Auction in Miami, USA.
Aristotle Roufanis caused a wave of interest in London and across the
international art world during the Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy in
- This prestigious show saw for the first time in its history of their Summer
Exhibition, a room dedicated to the medium of Photography. Richard Wilson RA
curated the exhibition and only a thousand works were chosen from over 12,000
entries. Roufanis’ art pieces were exhibited along side artist of the caliber of
Gilbert and George, Marina Abramovic and Jane and Louise Wilson to mention
few. His art-photography prints sold out in the first hour of the preview evening,
before the exhibition was open to the public. Prominent collectors from the
hurried to secure Roufanis’ work.
His body of work, while aesthetically seductive juxtaposes concepts of
contemporary urban lives, their impact on the environment, their interactivity,
tensions and contradictions. Inviting you to look in an unconventional prospective,
suggesting perhaps a more profound view of the world.
Aristotle Roufanis was born in1983 originally from Athens and currently resides
and works in London. He practiced photography for several years while growing
up and living in his homeland with influences from his travels in Hong Kong, Japan
and Spain. Roufanis recently moved to London where his work was accepted at
the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016. Since then his reputation
as one of the more interesting emerging contemporary artists, has grown within
the art scene and worldwide collectors. His art works are placed in important
international collections and recently exhibited at Carrousel Du Louvre Paris
during Paris Photo 2016.