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Artist Details

Luca Reffo

Luca Reffo was born in Padua in 1973. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. Reffo’s art bridges experiences in film, scenography, graphics and fashion photography. He currently lives and works in Milan, Italy.

Reffo’s artistic research attempts at rendering movie-like disquieting atmospheres carefully prepared through sketches, imitation of original stage-set photographs, and vintage film frames. The event portrayed is a still image, conveying a sense of anguish for dream-like situations where the roles of the persecutor and the victim are not clearly defined. The visionary aspect of his realistic images is further emphasized by an original and disturbing use of lighting. Technical excellence and manual dexterity lead to crystal clear forms obtained by minimal layering of paint in a fashion that is evocative of the great traditions of Italian painting.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection since 2000)

2016 Silent Giants, PFAM, Berceto (Italy)

2014 No Less, curated by Camilla Martinelli, Kunsthalle Eurocenter Lana, Merano (Italy)

2012 Close to Me, curated by Marco Meneguzzo, Galleria Rubin, Milan (Italy)

2012 Looking Within, Robert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto (Canada)

2011 The Secret Week, Casa Studio Ballestrazzi, Rolli Days, Genoa (Italy)

2008 Shine on Crime, Galleria Rubin, Milan (Italy)
2007 Untitled, Squinterno Festival, Berceto (Italy)

2005 Dream Before the Dreamer, City Point, London, (United Kingdom)

2001 Luca Reffo, Galleria Tecné, Ponte di Brenta, Padua (Italy)

2000 Invasioni da Camera, Palazzo Parafava dei Carraresi, Padua (Italy) (cat.)


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection since 1994)

2016 Dante e l’arte contemporanea, Palazzo Giacomelli, Treviso (Italy)

2015 AAF/Fair, ES Gallery, Milan (Italy)

2015 Quanto mi dai se mi sparo? curated by Camilla Martinelli in collaboration with Kunsthalle Eurocenter Lana (Bolzen), The Workbench, Milan (Italy)

2013 Arte in Sarpi, curated by Rossella Farinotti, Milan (Italy)

2013 Extended, Robert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto (Canada)

2012 The Italian Job, Pintura Italiana Contemporánea, Galeria Patricia Acal, Madrid (Spain)

2012 Roma Contemporary/Art Fair, Galleria Rubin, Rome (Italy) (cat.)

2012 AAM /Art Fair, Galleria Rubin, Milan (Italy) (cat.)

2011 Il Soggetto Sconosciuto, curated by Emanuele Beluffi and Marco Aion Mangani, BTF
Gallery, Bologna (Italy) (cat.)

2011 The Others/Fair, Podbielski Contemporary Berlin, Turin (Italy)

2011 The Best of Terzo Rinascimento, Famiglia Margini, Milan (Italy) (cat.)

2010 Figure con Variazione, Rubin Gallery, Milan (Italy)

2010 Terzo Rinascimento, Linguaggi della sensibilità ibrida, curated by Famiglia Margini, Galleria
Nazionale delle Marche, Palazzo Ducale, Urbino (Italy) (cat.)

2010 Terzo Rinascimento, Linguaggi della sensibilità ibrida, curated by Famiglia Margini and
ÀCAOS, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Castello Normanno and Palazzo Russo, Aci Castello, Catania (Italy) (cat.)

2009 MiArt/Fair, Galleria Rubin, Milan (Italy)

2009 Scope Basel Art Show/Fair, Galleria Rubin, Basel (Switzerland)

2009 Di cielo in cielo, curated by di Nila Shabnam Bonetti, Piazza del Duomo, Milan (Italy)

2009 Arte Fiera Bergamo/Fair, Galleria Rubin, Bergamo (Italy)

2008 Kunst Zürich/Fair, Galleria Rubin, Zürich (Switzerland)

2008 Summer Group Show, Galleria Rubin, Milan (Italy)

2008 KunstArt08/Fair, Galleria Rubin, Bolzano (Italy)

2007 VIII Rassegna Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, VittorioArte, Vittorio Veneto (Italy) (cat.)

2006 Teacher’s Exhibition, Ex Convento di San Francesco, Museo Storico, Bergamo (Italy) (cat.)

2005 VI Rassegna Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, VittorioArte, Vittorio Veneto (Italy) (cat.)

2001 Eclectica Gallery, Mestre, Venice (Italy)
2001 III Rassegna Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, VittorioArte, Vittorio Veneto (Italy) (cat.)

1996 Nuove Figure, Totem Gallery, Venice (Italy) (cat.)

1994 Produzione e lettura dell’opera, curated by Pietro Roccasecca and Cesare Pietroiusti by
 Abbastanza Normale, Tuscania, Viterbo (Italy)



1996, summa cum laude, Academy of Fine Arts of Venice (Italy) in Painting.