Laura Altobelli

Biography

Studies

Laura Altobelli was born in 1974. Originally from Pavese, she has established herself first on the national scene and then on the international scene after an articulated artistic path that has highlighted its undisputed qualities.

Passionate about art from an early age, she dedicated herself to drawing and technique, experimenting tirelessly, feeling the pressing need to express herself through pictorial matter.

Deepening the use of materials becomes primary for her to guide her interiority: during her youthful years she lays the foundations for the development of her personal style, also through a solid determination.

After graduating from high school, he obtained two scholarships in restoration and fresco techniques. Subsequently, he attended a specialization course in Interior Designer and obtained a management in Cultural Heritage.

After years of experience as an Interior Designer for important brands in Milan, in 2014 he arrived in Pavia, her hometown, to completely innovate a furniture factory of which, to date, she is Art Director.

In the showroom are exhibited some of her works permanently, which reveal the perfect symbiosis between art and environment sought by the artist.

The style

His aesthetic nature is revealed in perfect balance, letting the most rational part emerge within the design to balance it through artistic creations full of unstoppable energy. Already from the first experiments in his works we can trace dreamlike chromatic suggestions, which evoke intimate journeys; his canvases collect programmatic drafts, almost a human geography of emotion.

The meticulous work in the studio intensifies the exhibition possibilities, which take the form of numerous collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad (France, England), within which Laura Altobelli obtains prestigious awards. The mastery of drawing, together with the skilful use of light and tonal contrasts, reveals the careful study of Caravaggio, which the painter internalizes and transposes into the meanings in a contemporary key, through the use of gold leaf and copper leaf.

The hybridization series allows her to focus on the dialogue between Renaissance and modern aesthetics, creating new emotional iconographies. In recent years, the artist has focused on bringing to the highest levels a sort of informal gestural, within which the sign, the material and the gesture become absolute protagonists. Hence her most significant works, which led her to exhibit first in Italy, where she participated, among the numerous events, at the Milan Biennale and later in France, where she was selected for the BACS, the Biennial of Sacred Contemporary Art, in Menton.

The projects

Already reported in 2020 by Vittorio Sgarbi as part of the project “I mille di Sgarbi”, in the same year it received the prestigious “Critics’ Award” of the National Prize for Visual Arts, created in Bologna by Eclipsis Style Project and ArtAlive, which sees the patronage of UNESCO. From 2021 it is present on CAM, the reference yearbook for contemporary art published by Editoriale Giorgio Mondadori. She participates at the same time in the volume Arte in Cucina – the artists meet the chefs, published by Editoriale Giorgio Mondadori

The artist’s future projects include his presence at the Rome Biennale and a series of solo exhibitions in the institutional field.

The attention paid by an important critical committee to the work “Atmosphere”, led the artist to exhibit in Brazil, in São Paulo, in the prestigious Marcelo Neves art Gallery. Present among the artists selected for the QIAF, the Qatar International Art Festival, the artist also appears in the catalog The Best of Italian Contemporary Art, available in major bookstores.

In the field of interior design, Laura Altobelli’s art finds a privileged place within the show rooms, thanks to the absolute harmony that the artist manages to establish between work and spaces. The development of this harmonious approach has allowed the artist to carve out a prestigious position that has allowed her to carry out synergies with some of the largest companies in the sector, which will allow her to be an absolute protagonist at the Salone del Mobile and at the Fuori Salone in Milan. Numerous collaborations with international critics that the artist carries on. The artist’s pictorial works have become part of prestigious public and private collections, as well as being published in important magazines related to the furniture sector. She lives and works in Pavia.

Awards and Publications

2022 | CAM”58 – Editorial Giorgio Mondadori
2022 | Art in the Kitchen- VOL.6 – Editorial Giorgio Mondadori
2022 | Signa Artis – monograph – Editorial Giorgio Mondadori
2022 | Rome Biennale- Domitian Museum, Piazza Navona
2022 | Sulmona Award, 49th edition “Gaetano Pallozzi”
2022 | Italian Contemporary Art – vol. 1
2022 | First Prize, Galleria Milanese, Brera, Milan
2021 | L’Arte in Cucina- VOL.5 – Editoriale Giorgio Mondadori
2021 | Vittorio Sgarbi Award – curated by Vittorio Sgarbi
2021 | Permanent of Italian contemporary art – curated by Jean-Francois-Bachis-Pugliese-Giglio-Mary Rose Florio
2021 | Dante, curated by Giorgio Gregorio Grasso
2021 | CAM”57 – Editorial Giorgio Mondadori
2021 | Sulmona Award, 48th edition “Gaetano Pallozzi”
2020 | Bologna National Competition, curated by Eclipsis Style Project and Art Alive, award of the Critics’ Prize
2020 | I Mille di Sgarbi – curated by Vittorio Sgarbi
2020 | The Top 200- vol. 1 and 2 – chosen by the critic Antonio Castellana
2021 | Milan Biennale – Italy
2021 | BACS, Biennale of Sacred Contemporary Art, Menton – France

Permanent exhibitions

Museum “Art and Food” of Bologna – Italy – Dott.sa Liana Marabini
Pinacoteca di Teora , Avellino – Italy

Group and solo exhibitions

2022 | Rome Biennale – Italy Domitian Museum, Piazza Navona
2022 | QAIF – Art International Qatar – Doha – Qatar
2022 | Mum Art, Michetti Museum, Fancavilla al Mare – Chieti – Italy
2022 | Sulmona Award – 49th edition – Italy
2022 | Marcello Neves Art Gallery, Sao Paulo – Brazil
2022 | Galleria Milanese, Brera – Milan – Italy
2022 | Palazzo del Broletto, Pavia- Italy
2022 | Arcadia Art Gallery, Milan – Italy
2021 | BACS, Biennale of Sacred Contemporary Art, Menton – France
2021 | Art Padua – Padua – Italy
2021 | Milan Biennale – Italy
2021 | Sulmona Prize – 48th edition – Italy
2020 | Cervia, Magazzini del Sale, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi – Italy
2021 | Bologna, Galleria Farini – Italy
2021 | Naples, Villa Bruno – Italy
2021 | Mestre, VE, Galleria D’E.M. – Italy
2021 | Rome, Michelangelo International Prize – Italy
2021 | Cividale del Friuli, Auxilia Foundation curated by Eclipsis Styl Project and Art Alive – Italy
2021 | L’Aquila, L’Aquilart – Italy
2021 | Galleria Lazzaro – La Marguttiana, Forte dei Marmi – Italy
2021 | Francavilla al Mare, Michetti Foundation – Chieti – Italy
2021 | Milanese Gallery – Brera – Milan
2020 | Bologna, Galleria Dueunodue – Italy
2020 | Alzano Lombardo, Mazzoleni Foundation – Italy
2020 | Florence, Galleria Merlino – Italy
2020 | Venice, Venice Gallery, curated by Giorgio Gregorio Grasso
2020 | Milan, Galleria Cael – Italy
2019 | London, The Crypt Gallery – United Kingdom
2019 | Cannes, Galleria Cecchin Stretti – France

Awards and Publications

2022 | CAM”58 – Editorial Giorgio Mondadori
2022 | Art in the Kitchen- VOL.6 – Editorial Giorgio Mondadori
2022 | Signa Artis – monograph – Editorial Giorgio Mondadori
2022 | Rome Biennale- Domitian Museum, Piazza Navona
2022 | Sulmona Award, 49th edition “Gaetano Pallozzi”
2022 | Italian Contemporary Art – vol. 1
2022 | First Prize, Galleria Milanese, Brera, Milan
2021 | L’Arte in Cucina- VOL.5 – Editoriale Giorgio Mondadori
2021 | Vittorio Sgarbi Award – curated by Vittorio Sgarbi
2021 | Permanent of Italian contemporary art – curated by Jean-Francois-Bachis-Pugliese-Giglio-Mary Rose Florio
2021 | Dante, curated by Giorgio Gregorio Grasso
2021 | CAM”57 – Editorial Giorgio Mondadori
2021 | Sulmona Award, 48th edition “Gaetano Pallozzi”
2020 | Bologna National Competition, curated by Eclipsis Style Project and Art Alive, award of the Critics’ Prize
2020 | I Mille di Sgarbi – curated by Vittorio Sgarbi
2020 | The Top 200- vol. 1 and 2 – chosen by the critic Antonio Castellana
2021 | Milan Biennale – Italy
2021 | BACS, Biennale of Sacred Contemporary Art, Menton – France

Permanent exhibitions

Museum “Art and Food” of Bologna – Italy – Dott.sa Liana Marabini
Pinacoteca di Teora , Avellino – Italy

Group and solo exhibitions

2022 | Rome Biennale – Italy Domitian Museum, Piazza Navona
2022 | QAIF – Art International Qatar – Doha – Qatar
2022 | Mum Art, Michetti Museum, Fancavilla al Mare – Chieti – Italy
2022 | Sulmona Award – 49th edition – Italy
2022 | Marcello Neves Art Gallery, Sao Paulo – Brazil
2022 | Galleria Milanese, Brera – Milan – Italy
2022 | Palazzo del Broletto, Pavia- Italy
2022 | Arcadia Art Gallery, Milan – Italy
2021 | BACS, Biennale of Sacred Contemporary Art, Menton – France
2021 | Art Padua – Padua – Italy
2021 | Milan Biennale – Italy
2021 | Sulmona Prize – 48th edition – Italy
2020 | Cervia, Magazzini del Sale, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi – Italy
2021 | Bologna, Galleria Farini – Italy
2021 | Naples, Villa Bruno – Italy
2021 | Mestre, VE, Galleria D’E.M. – Italy
2021 | Rome, Michelangelo International Prize – Italy
2021 | Cividale del Friuli, Auxilia Foundation curated by Eclipsis Styl Project and Art Alive – Italy
2021 | L’Aquila, L’Aquilart – Italy
2021 | Galleria Lazzaro – La Marguttiana, Forte dei Marmi – Italy
2021 | Francavilla al Mare, Michetti Foundation – Chieti – Italy
2021 | Milanese Gallery – Brera – Milan
2020 | Bologna, Galleria Dueunodue – Italy
2020 | Alzano Lombardo, Mazzoleni Foundation – Italy
2020 | Florence, Galleria Merlino – Italy
2020 | Venice, Venice Gallery, curated by Giorgio Gregorio Grasso
2020 | Milan, Galleria Cael – Italy
2019 | London, The Crypt Gallery – United Kingdom
2019 | Cannes, Galleria Cecchin Stretti – France

Laura Altobelli and the gift of beauty

In the art world there is the idea that anyone who creates art has the right to call himself an artist. But a good artist – and here lies all the difference – is the one who makes someone else feel something deep or unexpected. And this is what happens with the works of Laura Altobelli.

In everything there is a bit of art, but the viewer only has to find out how to see it, because it is often hidden, fragmented, disorganized and sometimes unpretentious. The challenge is to discover it, compose it and order it, that is, to observe things from a different point of view. If it is true that there is no universal formula for creating a work of art, it is also true that every artist must find his own way.

t’s like composing a song or a melody: the notes already exist and are seven. The most difficult part is to put them together and find the right balance between music and silence, between harmony and melody, obtaining creations with unlimited possibilities and endless transformations, “writing” a fabulous dictionary of shapes and colors, in which you can modify and regenerate the image.

In the works of Laura Altobelli all this happens: the lights and shadows, the strength and the delicacy, the vague and the concrete, the body and the soul meet to transform the large canvases into unrepeatable moods.

You cannot pass by a work by Laura Altobelli without stopping and remaining in meditation: somehow you do not just look, but you penetrate the ineffable world that brushstrokes create, as if to stop time.

At the recent edition of the BACS (Biennale d’Art Contemporain Sacré), which is the most important event of its kind on the Côte d’Azur, Laura exhibited an extraordinary work, which nailed hundreds of visitors for days in the large room where the work was exhibited in plain sight: “The blue veil” has an undeniable magnetic power, it releases a mystery as only great works of art can do: because great art has an impact on a wide spectrum of people.

A work of art needs to connect with the viewer on an emotional and personal level, it needs to ask questions and at the same time teach him something he didn’t know or show him something he didn’t know he knew. A work of art can generate mixed feelings: happiness, sadness, anger, pride or patriotism.

It expresses something and connects us to that thing in a way where words are not necessary: it is a feeling that is difficult to describe but that in a way makes us feel less alone. Because a work of art extends beyond its frame and becomes part of us.

Liana Marabini

The Light

Laura Altobelli’s luminescent painting moves particular inner strings that touch the sense of that changing provisional that becomes the object of study and stylistic characteristic in the technical realization.

The matter of Things is constantly changing and Altobelli – through effects of evanescence and chromatic fragmentations – gives us back this passage of time where the moments follow one another in an endless journey.

And it is precisely the meticulous study of the restoration of the frescoes, faced with authentic passion in his training path, that can be seen from this painting that seems to leaf through and deny its own consistency, recalling the intrinsic fragility of ancient decorations, often made layer by layer, on which the artist must have meditated for a long time.

The works thus appear to be worked with a well-defined method, almost stripped of the superfluous, to reveal the perhaps soul essence behind that matter in which the provisional is reflected as a full-blown reality of earthly life.

There are no figural holds or dreamlike visions in this very particular investigation. Everything is played on a visual involvement in the complementarity of visible and invisible, in the delicate and bewitching vanishing full of both chromatic and informal harmony.

Altobelli masters her technique and makes it functional to the intuitions of her feelings. But, if matter seems to explode like stardust in the indistinct, it is the prodigy of the sought-after light that triumphs, at times even more highlighted by the gold leaf.

If it is true that everything changes and perhaps disappears into thin air, all is not lost.

This painting leads us back to a thought that goes beyond rational conventions bringing us back the certainty of a true light, similar to the music of the ether, which filters at first rare, then diffused, accompanying us in the fullness of an extrasensory contemplation that we will not be able to easily forget.

Giancarlo Bonomo