Luca Padroni

Fault Lines 0726, 2007, oil on canvas, 38×50 cm

Luca Padroni’s series of Fault Line paintings find their starting point in Rome’s Stazione Termini near the artist’s studio, while their subject is the sharp-edged light of the Italian sun that orchestrates the plunging perspectives of this architectural space. Unlike the reality of this setting, teeming with people, the human form is entirely absent from Padroni’s paintings. The artist’s vision crops and cuts away all extraneous activity in the setting, in order to concentrate on the paired down illuminated geometric figure. The result is a series of images that hang in the balance between representation and abstraction.

Padroni’s paintings evolve from drawings and small-scale studies in oil, before being developed on a monumental scale that fills our field of vision. Embracing the viewer as an integral element of the picture, the formal construction of the image projects a powerful sense of motion, through impossible architectural spaces. The poetic of dynamism and light in these paintings, their geometric severity, conspire to suggest the utopian condition of an ideal city.

Luca Padroni, Fault Lines 0715 (2007)

Luca Padroni lives and works in Rome. He studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1996) obtained his degree in Fine Art at The Slade School of Art, University College London (1998), won a Fulbright Scholarship for a period of study in the USA (2000) and attended the San Francisco Art Institute (2001). He has had solo exhibitions at the Galleria Oddi Baglioni, Rome (2005); Galeria La Aurora, Murcia, Spain (2007) and Testori UK, London (2008). He has contributed to numerous group exhibitions including shows at: Galleria F. Russo, Rome (2004); XIV edizione della Quadriennale di Roma, Galleria Nazionale, Rome (2005); Byzantine Museum, Athens (2006); Maneggio del Cremlino, Moscow (2006); Associazione Culturale L’Attico, Rome (2006); National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tirana (2007); Galleria Marte, Rome (2008); Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Raffaele de Grada, San Giminiano (2008); Certosa di S. Lorenzo, Padula (2008); Serrone della Villa Reale, Monza (2009).