Roma (Italia), 1942
Luciano Ventrone attended Liceo Artistico in Rome. In 1968 he left the University and focused on painting. Even though Luciano Ventrone is internationally recognized as one of the master realist painters of his generation, he believes that his works are really about optics: “Painting is not about the mere representation of an object, but its colour and light,” he says. For each of his works, Ventrone carefully stages his subject under bright studio lights and photographs the arrangement for painting reference. Luciano’s paintings ‘invite a mood of pure contemplation’ from the viewer; they are works of masterful skill and supreme aesthetic beauty. Ventrone shows us things more fully and more clearly than they appear to us in reality; everything is in focus, everything can be scrutinised.