FRANCESCO LIETTI

BIOGRAPHY

Francesco Lietti has been living in Hong Kong since early 2006 and his love of this vibrant, eclectic city is immediately apparent in his works, which derives from the mnemonic imagery of the artist, who lives in symbiosis with the themes of travel and discovery.

When first visiting Hong Kong in the summer of 2005, the painter experienced an overwhelming sensation: fascinated by the variety of colours, the rich smells and the plethora of images, he was drawn to return and stay. This exciting metropolis is something you cannot just put into a frame: something would spill out, something would be missing; one can catch the details, but he or she would never be able to capture the entire picture. The artist portrays this through simple and direct forms: he paints naïve visions that often have a humorous quality, describing the city in an almost caricatured magnificence. Through the use of striking colours the painter captures the essence of Hong Kong’s famous harbour skyline and makes it his own. His paintings hover between reality and fantasy; using strong blocks of paint to represent the buildings, Lietti also includes smaller patches of textured colour, which dance across the cityscape, giving it that dream-like, ephemeral quality. The artist works in acrylic and oils on canvas and also adds collage to give his paintings texture and depth. He then finishes his pieces with a thick, glossy resin, further enhancing the brightness of the colours.

Lietti also captures the colours and delights of other Asian destinations. The lush greens of Vietnam and Bali, the golden sunsets of Rajasthan, the deep blue seascapes of the Philippines; these are just some of the many places he has visited and experienced. The artist gives us rare glimpses, merging reality with a far away magical world.

Francesco was born in Lecco, on the southern shore of Lake Como in Italy. He studied architecture in Milan and furthered his studies in Paris at the École des Beaux Arts, La Seine and also at the Clerkenwell College of Printing in London. His works are featured in private collections worldwide.

EXHIBITIONS

december 2019 garden of the artisans y loft hong kong
november 2019 affordable art fair arts de siam singapore
november 2019 divergent | group show kambal gallery hong kong
october 2019 colors of asia | solo show kc100 art space hong kong
september 2019 twenty-five | group show la rotunda hong kong
july 2019 colors of asia | solo show art macao macao
may 2019 affordable art fair arts de siam hong kong
march 2019 asia contemporary art show macey and sons hong kong
january 2019 +852 group show la galerie paris 1839 hong kong
november 2018 salon 1 + 1 : artist exchange city transit hong kong
november 2018 shenzhen art fair macey and sons shenzhen
november 2018 affordable art fair aad gallery singapore
september 2018 asia contemporary art show macey and sons hong kong
december 2017 solo show our gallery hong kong
september 2017 asia contemporary art show macey and sons hong kong
march 2017 asia contemporary art show macey and sons hong kong
january 2017 asia contemporary art show macey and sons singapore
september 2016 asia contemporary art show macey and sons hong kong
february 2016 ospitalita’ italiana x art bene macau
november 2015 art gallery week yan gallery hong kong
august 2015 group show deodato arte milan0
july 2015 art appreciation event ifc hong kong
july 2015 the voice of the street chinese university hong kong
june 2015 art ‘n life show gallery suppoment seoul
may 2015 affordable art fair yan gallery hong kong
march 2015 asia hotel art fair yan gallery hong kong
february 2015 creativity and space lingnan university hong kong
november 2014 affordable art fair deodato arte singapore
september 2014 via hong kong ame gallery barcelona
june 2014 ospitalita’ italiana x art assaggio hong kong
march 2014 art walk yan gallery hong kong
march 2014 hong kong hong kong yan gallery hong kong
march 2014 affordable art fair yan gallery hong kong
june 2013 ospitalita’ italiana x art messina hong kong
may 2013 asia contemporary art show gallerie koo hong kong
march 2013 affordable art fair yan gallery hong kong
march 2013 art walk yan gallery hong kong
december 2012 colorful world gallery by the harbor hong kong
march 2012 affordable art fair yan gallery hong kong
december 2011 colors of asia yan gallery hong kong
october 2010 love hong kong hk fine art gallery hong kong
april 2010 love asia the fringe club hong kong
august 2009 group show culture club hong kong
december 2008 group show the fringe club hong kong
november 2008 group show galleria luigi proietti venezia
september 2007 solo show sense 99 hong kong
july 2007 brixton urban art josephine avenue london
june 2005 group show spazio rossana orlandi milan0
may 2005 featured artist skylark gallery london
april 2005 islington art & design fair angel london
february 2005 solo show medcalf london
december 2004 solo show bettie morton gallery london
august 2004 solo show sun and doves london
november 2003 solo show the lounge london
september 2003 brixton open bettie morton gallery london
august 2003 solo show paralax gallery london
july 2003 brixton urban art josephine avenue london
april 2002 solo show il pendolo como

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