Vespa "Venice" by Luca Moretto has for years been exhibited at Piaggio Museum and represents one of the most admired works of art.
It was exhibited along with other Vespas interpreted or decorated by other great artists at national and international exhibitions and events including the recent exhibition "La Vespa e il Cinema" (the Vespa and Cinema) organized in St. Petersburg by the Italian Cultural Institute.
The Vespa Venice is part of the art collection that has allowed the Piaggio Foundation to win the prestigious Corporate Art Award.
Luca Moretto’s artistic maturity has produced remarkably compelling results that are bringing the artist considerable public and critical success, the outcome of dedication and perseverance in his work.
The artist’s creativity derives from his own experiences and rich, complex inner life. This, combined with an innate talent, propelled him into the magical world of art to create works that are a mix of art and design, where he communicates through his colourful silicone shapes and the surrounding white space.
Knowledge of this pigmentation enables Moretto to create a singular art form using copious quantities of coloured silicone in a carefully balanced alchemy, without regard to emblems or artistic currents that represent him.
Luca Moretto teaches us to understand how a simple, everyday, but very versatile material like silicone, used to insulate, seal, glue and more, can be exploited and manipulated to create art of rare beauty.
Over the years, the flexibility this material has enabled Luca Moretto to mould and shape three-dimensional forms, even when it is just canvas that is the protagonist.
admire Luca Moretto’s great desire to evolve, his pursuit of experimentation and research, special qualities that drive him unceasingly towards the discovery of new volumes to mould and place before the eyes of the beholder. His works impose the use of the various senses nature has endowed us with, senses required to understand the energy and vitality that emanate from his works, including the sense of touch as one is inexorably drawn to touch, caress and handle the shapes created.
Soul. Sensation. Pain. Passion. Emotion. And I would also add Dreams.
These are the elements that represent Luca Moretto and his works of art. The artist speaks to us through a simple yet specific language, his “I-world” moulds itself in the mind to become sign and form, the colour is the feeling of the moment, the moment in time that is frozen onto the canvas and instantly brings back ancestral memories.
His pact with pain drives him to challenge the canvas with more and more increasingly intense colours, with differing materials like silicone, which is by now a must in his artistic poetry, and lightweight, irreplaceable carbon, which reflects his second love: engines.
Through these materials and colours Luca conveys something that is unique: looking at his countless hues is an unparalleled emotional journey, it is the dream that takes shape, makes us appreciate life more and his way of “seeing the world” all of a sudden becomes ours too.
We can, however, manage to understand very little by just “glancing” at his work. The secret lies in continuing to look, listen and touch; the colours embrace us and there almost seems to be music coming from them – it is the energy of his art.
Let’s close our eyes and listen, feel what colour the breeze has on our face.
The soft, smooth as well as slightly rough materials are stimulating to the touch, enthralling the observer, taking us back to our childhood, while the strong, decisive and bright colours succeed in conveying to us his expressive force.
His pictures are “soft” pieces of colour, which come together for the sole purpose of communicating and for Luca conveying emotions is his art. The pop influence can immediately be felt as can his desire to master it in his own original way by retrieving the true POPular spirit, in other words, something for everyone, Luca wants to reach out to people, to the heart of everyone. Abstraction therefore becomes the only way for him to soar together with his emotions. His colours are his inner being, his natural strength to transcend, beyond the infirmity and beyond every psychic thought that provokes man to face the daily challenge with himself.
Luca is elsewhere when he paints, lost in his own world, outside his body, and his mind produces while his hand crafts a sign, a stroke, a stunning dash of colour. For this artist it is probably a way to be one with nature and to seek an identity that is sacrosanct and that each of us possesses.
There is a feeling of amazement and wonder when confronted with his many facets, the sign of his positive nature and of his desire to shout at the world to live life to the full, his art longs to give moments of visual joy and serenity – that is his message.
He has emerged victorious from suffering and has drawn on it for his new life; he never describes pain in his works but more readily relishes life and the sorrows of man are transformed into good, into art.
Through his learned use of materials, Mr. Moretto creates pieces of artwork that can intrigue, catch the eye and invite the observer to discover their essence, even through the sense of touch, thanks to their three-dimensionality.
By experimenting with silicone forms and colours, the artist drives the observer into a playful experience at first glance. The smooth appendages that characterise the four “Sintesi” (“Synthesis”) works elicit in the mind images of roots or blades of grass of an ideal field destined to last forever, as the material’s characteristics suggest.
It is a quest to reach a pure, harmonious, abstract form. Moretto’s “touchable materials” have the effect of drawing the public’s attention, of engaging them, giving new emotions and arousing positive sensations, also inviting you to free your fantasy, to look around in amazement, to act in a playful way and with a love for discovery.
The artist’s aim is, indeed, to fill the gap between common people and art, to reach a greater and more varied public, in the hope of making clear that art can also be the source of different delights, beyond the common idea of aesthetic pleasure. Even though his serious physical difficulties due to his disability, which he managed to fight and get over it with perseverance and will power, the artist gives us a positive message that clearly springs from his pieces of artwork.
The nature that Luca Moretto presents is vital and joyful, the kind that gives a sense of serenity; his art can stimulate both senses and imagination to imagine an eternal nature, one that can elude environmental degradation, the complexity of life and the passing of time.
"My art is a simple yet complex play not only of colours but also of the expressions of nature and of the human body"
The artist's words are necessary, clear and understandable as his art. The color is a plat, without gradients and equal to the word said with conviction and certainty. The play of colors, the true story are crucial for those who regain their lives by choosing to make art.
The biography of LUKA M. Contains radical but crucial to embark on writing a new story, autobiographical but mostly self-expressive, as to free the spirit who, perhaps lately was to close to the matter.
Fluid shapes are born, elegant as they contain vital sap, each one for itself, rising up color buttons. The tonal patterns, in a perfect juxtaposition soon swell and spill out of the restraining lines, turning the color in to a physical form, soft and three-dimensional.
Just look at a child drawing to understand how the faithful reproduction of reality is just one of many versions, perhaps the least interesting, to make the complexity of our view of the world.
Well, the artist returned to the child's play to capture the simplicity of vision and the ability to communicate with the nature, without, however, obtaining results that are culturally defined naif, but entering a world in constant flux, dynamic and free, as the cell microcosm.
It is no coincidence we name these biomorphic elements that recall the constructivist avant-garde. They introduce the vital motion that comes from small - great principles, phyto-and bio-morphic, at the origin of the creation, elementary but fundamental. Thus the forms of Moretto, simple but eloquent, causing interaction, due to their softness, and demonstrate its communicative effectiveness which is not abstraction, but the closest observation of life itself.
The iridescent colors of Luca Moretto can lead to associations with the Pop Art solutions, but it is not so. The popular art, that is true when it is common, is far from Moretto’s poetic . His research is directed to the expression anthropologically and, therefore, socially free, primary, native.
His poetry tends to move away from the reality hic et nunc, leaves with it the physical, actually lived, to undertake the construction of a new language, dedicated to the translation of the vision of a child, of the human of the future of the world in its natural tones, and not those acquired and / or imposed. With this process, the artist transforms sorrow into joy, the strident red of the more violent Expressionism or of the more aggressive Popular in to the purple clouds that Constable admired in his romantic dream, in to the red of the '"Art in the blood" flowing in the Moretto’s veins.
The artist himself declares the "faith", the "trust", the hope that the artwork gives:
"I feel that some time in the future everything will make sense, even what is making me hurt now, one day in the future will make sense and I will understand that the suffering has not been pointless …"
What colour is torment? Or the resurrection? And the colour of the soul; those of you who have not felt pain, do you know what colour it is?
The field of colour is pure feeling without nuances and is surrounded by matter forming its boundary. That limit is the physicality of the body, the real and plastic world of the body and of what is outside it.
Luca Moretto expresses his élan vital, his spiritual quest, however rough and sentimental, endeavouring to discover something of himself that represents something of everyone in each canvas.
His quest is anything but boring because it is also ours. We are enthralled by the tale of anxiety and the desire to live again, which comes out in colours that at times seem to want to drive back the boundaries and push the silicone that defines them towards new areas that come from deep within.
Luca manages to combine shapes and colors in unique artwork, so beautiful and original to the eyes and to the touch almost to the point of transforming silicone into marble of the third millennium!
Luca Moretto is a promising artist. In his art, there’s passion, skilfulness, but also technical training.
Our association “ArtGallery” has selected him as one of his artists for the originality of his works, which also gained him the honour of being the association’s Artist of the Month.
One of his most recent works is the art installation “Radici SilicoAvventizie” (“Silicone Root Sprouts”), presented at the Fuorisalone show in 2011. Through an innovative use of coloured silicone, the artist has created some sort of “roots” that connect and unite two of his most brilliant works: the “Vespa Venice” sculture and the “” painting.
The installation engages the public and arouses their curiosity while urging them to be swept away by sensorial and luminous sensations.
Luca is a scrupulous artist, but most of all he is very determined in the working field.
reative, well-learned, he’s got art in his blood.
When he sets a goal, he believes in it and reaches the target at all costs, even if that means working hard and making sacrifices. A die-hard fighter.
t’s been a pleasure to meet Luca Moretto at the Vespa World Days 2014.
Among the 20 historical models presented at the Temporary Museum set up in Mantova for the event, Luca Moretto’s “Vespa Venice” was the only artistic Vespa of the Piaggio Collection that the organisation, together with the heads of the Piaggio Museum and its president, decided to show as the symbol of artistic interpretation based on the legendary Vespa.
Let's talking about Art... "Painting Oil & Silicone Art" is the mark of the pictorial originality of Luca Moretto.
A pop artist, if there is any, that through silicone ornaments gives a second life to Vespas, to Bugattis, or simply to the canvas on which they take shape.