ANGELA MARGHERITA LEOTTA.
Angela Margherita Leotta was born in Catania on December 28, 1974.
In 1989, she moved with her family to Lombardy. During his academic studies, under the guidance of Profs. Paolo Baratella and Laura Tonani, she approaches expressionist and gestural painting that she feels is akin to her way of being. Through her pictorial gesture, Leotta has the opportunity to search for that she being of her in the world, in the world, strongly highlighting the need to grasp, in the sensible, the invisible motion of the human soul.
Since 1997, she has been selected from among the students of the Brera Academy to organize group exhibitions and happenings in some Italian cities: Milan, Bellagio, Dongo, Cologno Monzese.
He graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in 2001. After a few years of research and experimentation, from 2006 to 2018 his pictorial language will focus on a dialogue between collage and pictorial gestures, mainly inspired by Burri, Matisse, Picasso, Mirò , Kandinskij, Chagall, Duchamp, Max Ernest, and making an interpretative synthesis ... and he will call these creations “Voices from the mosaic”.
At the end of the summer of 2018, the period of "Voices from the Mosaic" ends, a period of "profitable therapeutic gestation of one's creative energy" and will reapprove with more awareness, more strength, more "freedom", to the context of a language pictorial that Leotta will call "Neo-figurative".
She will begin to look at the great pictorial achievements of the likes of Grunewald, Daumier, Goya, Bruegel the Elder, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Lucien Freud, Alberto Giacometti and above all, as always, Francis Bacon, because she is convinced that still today, through her return to pictorial manual skills, with the use of brushes and through the medium of painting, which according to her is not dead, unexplored territories of Being and Being-There can open up through the vision of a new investigation of all that is Real and Human ... trying to make manifest the Mystery of the Invisible in the Sensible ...
PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS.
1997 Exhibition / Installation / Multimedia Event entitled "ORESTEA", curated by Paolo Baratella and the Research Institute of Artistic Anatomy of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan,
at the I.T.S.O.S. Albe Steiner of Milan with donation of the "Oreste" Polyptych
1997 Happening entitled "OPEN AIR ART", curated by Laura Tonani, in the historic center of Bellagio (CO)
1997 Happening entitled "LIGHT AND COLOR IN THE CITY", curated by laura Tonani, in the space in front of the entrance to Villa Casati in Cologno Monzese (MI) with relative donation
of the opera "The Ideal City"
1997 Happening, historic center of Dongo, curated by Laura Tonani (CO) with donation of the work performed, to the Dongo municipal library
1998 Collective exhibition entitled "FESTA DEL SAN MARTINO", curated by Laura Tonani, in the former San Martino psychiatric hospital in Como
2000 ESTEMPORANEA "PAINTERS IN CERTOSA 2000", curated by Ferdinando Zanzottera, at the Certosa of Milan, obtaining the THIRD PLACE
2001 Collective exhibition entitled "CIB'ARTE", Food in art and the eating of art in the works of fifteen contemporary artists, curated by Ferdinando Zanzottera, at the Certosa of Milan
2007 DONATION of the work "Dance", of the series of works created during the period of "Voices from the Mosaic", to the PRIVATE COLLECTION of the artist VICTOR MANUEL CONTRERA
2012 PERSONAL EXHIBITION online of "VOCI DAL MOSAICO" on the "Web Art Magazine" site managed and edited by the art critic Eraldo Di Vitae donation of the work Legàmi Rosso
2012 PERSONAL EXHIBITION of "VOCI DAL MOSAICO", in via Pisana 305 - 237 r, in Florence, at ArtExpertise, curated by the art historian Dr. Marina Volpi
2015 Collective exhibition entitled "CORBETTA ... INATTESA EMOZIONE" organized by Incisione ARTE, curated by Giuliano Grittini, at the Town Hall - Sala delle Colonne,
in via Cattaneo 25, Corbetta (MI), every weekend from 04/07/2015 to 02/08/2015
2015 DONATION of the work "Prayer" in Boco fraction of Bognanco / San Lorenzo (VB) 9 km from Domodossola, http://www.bocodipinta.wixsite.com by the Library
“The Memory of the World” by Magenta
2018 Participation in the NINTH EDITION OF THE FREE TOPIC PAINTING COMPETITION PREMIO LEONARDO, Childhood, The Wish To Live And Grow, from 1 to 10 June,
at and curated by the Senesi Arte Gallery in Savigliano.
2018 PERFORMANCE WITH THE CREATION OF THE WORK TOWARDS THE BLUE, IN FAVOR OF THE PEDIATRIC DEPARTMENT of the Hospital of Savigliano WITH PERFORMANCE
IN THE OPEN SKY OF 10 ARTISTS, Saturday 2 June, Culture Day, at the A. Olmo Civic Museum in the city of Savigliano, curated by the Senesi Arte Gallery in Savigliano.
2018 DONATION of the work "The angel of Peace and Joy of children to the peripheries of the world", TO THE PEDIATRIC DEPARTMENT OF THE SAVIGLIANO HOSPITAL,
curated by the Senesi Art Gallery of Savigliano.
2019 Mini personal, on the occasion of the collective exhibition entitled "PROTAGONISTI", in Venice, from February 16 to March 5, 2019, at the "San Vidal" Art Gallery, by the Art Manager
Nadine Nicolai and presented by the art critic Giorgio Vulcano.
2020 Participation in the international collective exhibition "Nel Cuore di Roma", organized by the Mega Art artistic association and the pocket Art Studio Gallery in Rome, from 21 to 27 February,
in via della Reginella, 11, Rome.
2021 INVITED to participate with a work in the FIRST BIENNALE D'ARTE IN TRIBUTE TO THE MAESTRO GIUSEPPE SCALVINI, by the Director, Painter and Master
CRISTIANO PLICATO Curator of the SCALVINI MUSEUM of Desio (MB), and with the collaboration of the Historian and Art Critic VERA AGOSTI, from 9 May to 16 May 2021.
2021/05/01 PUBLICATION OF HIS FIRST TITLE ART MONOGRAPH: THE STRENGTH OF RETURN, WITH THE CRITICAL PRESENTATION OF MALU 'LATTANZI.
LIBECCIO EDITIONS. ISBN CODE 9788833872926.
2021/05/15 THE PRIZE AND THE SCALVINI MUSEUM PLATE, CITY OF DESIO, ARE GIVEN TO YOU on the occasion of the FIRST BIENNALE OF ART IN TRIBUTE TO THE MASTER
GIUSEPPE SCALVINI, by the Director, Painter and Master CRISTIANO PLICATO and with the collaboration of the Historian and Art Critic VERA AGOSTI
2021/05/15, SCALVINI MUSEUM AWARD-CITY OF DESIO, AT THE FIRST BIENNALE OF ART IN TRIBUTE TO THE MASTER GIUSEPPE SCALVINI by the Director, Painter and Master CRISTIANO PLICATO and with the collaboration of the Historian and Art Critic VERA AGOSTI
2021/05/15, TARGA MUSEO SCALVINI-CITY OF DESIO, AT THE FIRST BIENNALE OF ART IN TRIBUTE TO THE MASTER GIUSEPPE SCALVINI by the Director, Painter and Master CRISTIANO PLICATO and with the collaboration of the Historian and Art Critic VERA AGOSTI
PUBLICATIONS IN YEARBOOKS AND ART MAGAZINES.
01/05/2021, PUBLISHES HIS FIRST TITLE ART MONOGRAPH: THE STRENGTH OF RESTLESS, WITH THE CRITICAL PRESENTATION OF MALU 'LATTANZI. LIBECCIO EDITIONS. ISBN CODE 9788833872926.
REVIEWS AND IMPRESSIONS OF ART CRITICS.
THE STRENGTH OF DISCOMFORT.
Green, orange, light blue, red, purple, blue, earths. Angela Leotta dresses her works with colors, movements and masculine strength reminiscent of futurism. She immerses herself in that demand for "total art" according to which no manifestation-creative or life-like-must escape the imperative to "fully recreate" the world. She distorts the world, reduces it to what is primitive and essential: movement, energy, heat, color. She wears these colors, she changes her walls that from straight become darting, crooked and
sudden, bends, moves. Her strong figures move in an undefined space. The gaunt, hollowed out, suffering faces scream the restlessness of the "Joan of Arc" who painted them. It is as if the fire that flows in Angela's veins, she manages to make it flow like lava from a volcano, on her works that she paints. Fire that purifies and restores Life. Rebirth, resilience, justice for those who have not had justice. Those millions of bodies that the sea has sucked up helpless. Those souls who were just looking for a new world. A hope of revenge. The survivors scream, as in Munch's famous painting, all their pain. Symbolic synthesis of human suffering. The backgrounds behind the figures reveal the light, the horizon made up of wavy, sinuous and overlapping lines.
The faces are devoid of age connotations and the clothes are simplified and reduced to hints, features that cover the strong, muscular and angular bodies. Sometimes those bodies seem liquid apparitions or visions, dynamic and agitated dimensions, noisy elasticities at times almost annoying, but which force you to reflect. They hypnotize you in front of the work. You can't look away even if you want to run away so as not to see what you know you know anyway. She manages to put the technique at the service of the message. Whether they are acrylic on canvas, on paper or on canvas cardboard, mixed media, where acrylic is combined with oil pastels and very rare oils on canvas, I said that is not what matters. What will come to you, like a punch in the stomach, is the art of transforming effort, pain into color and life. The trauma, the strength to recover, the pain and the desire to be reborn. Transforming limits into opportunities, to restore color to the future. Wall the restlessness, the suffering it consumes, to avoid letting oneself be devoured from within. Free it, let it flow, and transform it into vital energy, courage, movement. Here then is that the message passes inexorably through sport. Resilience, understood as the ability of a body to absorb shocks, energies that come from outside, to collect without breaking. His boxers, like his fencers, flutter like butterflies but sting like wasps. They exude the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance. The magic of risking everything to make a dream come true that no one sees but you. Here's if I have to summarize the message that Angela Leotta left to me is just this: Do you have a dream? Then you risk losing everything you have to make it happen.
Better failure than regret of not having tried. Don't get away from the pain but go towards it. One last note for those apparently empty eyes without pupils, low and shy heads, which hold millions of words in their orbits, a pinch of madness, blood, breath, barometers that announce what will happen to you. Those who have deserts in their soul, volcano lava inside, are then able to shove either a boot between their ribs or flee because they are afraid of everything or stare and confront you without having to express a syllable.
ARTISTIC POETICS OF NEO-FIGURATIONS: IMPERFECT REAL EXISTENCE.
"Truth, beauty, justice, compassion are goods always, everywhere."
Simone Weil, 1943.
I want to investigate and interpret the mystery of the human condition through Art, without being afraid of Beauty, understood by me as Knowledge. My figures are far from the idealistic and static image of man, the result of rules, of pre-established norms. I want to testify with my neo-figurations, the imperfect Vital multiplicity of Creation.
I want to go beyond the skin, passing through the skin, to try to catch the dynamic energy of life, witnessing the existential tension, "animal" and spiritual, which is both immanent and transcendent us human beings ... My artistic purpose is therefore to capture the Mystery of life, that dynamic energy that emanates from our bodies, from our faces, from our souls and to make ethics and aesthetics match more and more to arrive at compositions that see Humanity as the protagonist, seen as "the place ”par excellence in which, I am convinced, the unveiling of Being and Being-There is manifested and in which formal synthesis,“ animal ”and spiritual existential tension can coexist.
Angela Margherita Leotta