Luciano Ventrone

(1942 -)


Luciano Ventrone was born in Rome in 1942 and moved to Denmark at the age of six, where he hosted by Lady Metha Petersen – a wealthy and most of all a lovely woman who lavished him with gifts. Among them was a box of colored pencils…and from that time colors have shaped his life.
Returning to Italy after his compulsory education and due to his family situation, Ventrone had several jobs but nevertheless, in 1960 he managed to attend Arts school in Rome. After graduating in 1964, he studied Architecture until 1968 and then joined the student protests and decides to abandon his studies and dedicate his life to painting – which he never abandoned and was his only source of income at that time.
His life drawings were published in the Academic book (“Human anatomy – the central nervous system”) written by Prof. Gastone Lambertini of Cattolica University in Rome.
Ventrone confronts himself with all the main issues of contemporary art, until he arrives to Realism. With an article published in 1983 on the Italian magazine “L’Espresso”, Antonello Trombadori motivated art critic Federico Zeri to get closer to Ventrone who, under suggestion of Zeri, takes a new path with still life. From this point on, Ventrone starts a life-long journey inside all the aspects of Nature, always capturing more and more details that are almost invisible to our eyes, which nowadays are exposed to millions of images.
As he liked to tell to his selected students: painting is not about the mere representation of an object, it’s about color and light. The right proportions between those two elements form a shape inside the space. The subject cannot be seen as it is but as an abstract element.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 “The thrill of the real” Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
2013 Luciano Ventrone’s Parallel World, Moscow
The Nude, Albemarle Gallery, London
Luciano Ventrone, Mucciaccia & Partners Gallery, Gillman Barracks, Singapore
2012 Luciano Ventrone, Albemarle Gallery, London
Luciano Ventrone, Musei di Villa Torlonia Casino dei Principi
2011 Luciano Ventrone, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
“Le Stanze dell’arte” Museo civico di San Francesco, Montefalco, Perugia
2010 Albemarle Gallery London
Palazzo del Broletto, Como Luciano Ventrone, Marble Palace – Ludwig Museum in the Russian Museum, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
2009 L’Inverosimile Verosimiglianza, curated by Beatrice Buscaroli, Fondazione Bandera, Busto Arsizio
Studio Forni, Milano
Simposio, Albemarle Gallery, London
2008 Luciano Ventrone e l’eterno presente, Galleria Forni, Bologna
Luciano Ventrone. Le verità dipinte, Palazzo Luigi Einaudi, Chivasso – Turin Bernarducci & Meisel Gallery, New York Luciano Ventrone, Albemarle Gallery, London
2006 Luciano Ventrone and the Eternal Present, curated by E. Lucie-Smith, Albemarle Gallery, London
Luciano Ventrone, Correggio – Reggio Emilia
Studio Forni, Milan
2004 Xenia. Ossia Il gioco degli occhi, Studio Forni, Milan
2003 Studio Forni, Milan
2002 Portraits of Nicola Mancino and Marcello Pera, Presidents of the Senate of the Italian Republic, Rome Two commissioned paintings for the bouvette of the Senate of the Italian Republic, Rome
2001 Galleria Il Tempietto, Brindisi
2000 Studio Forni, Milan
2000-1963 Over 40 solo exhibitions worldwide

Selected Public, Corporate and Private Collections

Modern Art Collection of the Italian Senate
Barilla Collection Umberto Agnelli Collection
Carlo De Benedetti Collection
Silvio Scaglia Collection
Ente Fiera Bologna Collection
Ferrari President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
Romano Prodi (Former Italian Prime Minister)
Massimo D’Alema (Former Italian Foreign Minister)
Ottaviano Del Turco Collection
Fabbri Editore (Leading Italian book publisher)
Federico Zeri Foundation Collection
Luigi Cremonini Collection
Carlo Edoardo Valli Collection
Fontana Collection
Andrea Mascagni Collection
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC USA
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan Collection
Barclays Bank, UK Corporate Collection

Work Selection

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