( b. Milan 1966 )
Damiano Spelta’s art is inspired by the ideology of Dadaism and can be considered as pertaining to Pop Art for its unholy irony. It doesn’t want to be a part of a simple classification in readymade trends or canonic values, but rather a recognition of the numerous and multifaceted skills of an artist, who wishes to play with objects and transform the obvious into something unexpected, which is rooted in a reflection on contemporaneousness as the only dimension of thought.
The meaning of life can be interpreted in many ways. The interpretation given by Damiano Spelta is metaphorically ironic and provocative, sarcastic and snappy.
He thrills and fascinates us with his peculiar language, leaving us often amused, but first of all surprisingly contemplative in front of his works that lead us to a social reflection.
Experimenting with materials and techniques, his art and design blend without conformism; he draws his inspiration from his reflection about the contemporary world and its contradictions. Whether it is a painting or a piece of design, often of considerable size, the artist confronts us with our obsessions, our weaknesses, our manias of identifiable status and symbols that project who "we would like to be" rather than who we really are.
The wise mix of components used with refined skills play with the colours that constitute the frame for what the artist calls "assemblage raffinè", for pieces of art that illustrate a philosophy which is both snappy and benevolent, for a representation of a chaotic world seen with through the eyes of a child, but also expressing hedonistic pleasure that seems to pervade our daily lives.
The stylistic features of Damiano Spelta are immediately recognizable thanks to these components that provide his creations with universal and transcendent fascination.
The forms used by Damiano Spelta are signs, they are the construction of meanings and as such they reveal infinite creation and styles of expression. Some examples are: "500" composed by an airbrushed car shell reproducing a € 500 note for a Fiat 500 using original assembly materials, or “ Melting chocolate “ made out of prepress mould, cnc milling with inscriptions, assembly of 3 parts, screws and glue, direct chrome and graphics with Airbrush painting, fibreglass, epoxy resin with covering the 12.5kg Gold Bullion Good Delivery Bar.
"It represents an artistic journey marked by perspicacity and symbolic eclecticism that confronts us with aesthetic forms and critical values, filled with evocative contents."
“ Melting Ciok”
fiberglass, epoxy resin
99,5 (L) x 41,7 (H) x 28 (D) / 8 kg.
“ 500 "
fiberglass, epoxy resin
3,5m w x 1,5 m h
Stainless steal , glass, pencils
100 Diam, X 41 H cm