Lucio Del Pezzo (Naples, 1933), is a Neapolitan artist, eminent figure of Pittura Oggettuale. (painting object??).
Born and raised in Naples, where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Lucio del Pezzo has been part of a small core intellectuals that gravitated around the magazine Documento Sud, magazine linked to the Milanese Nuclear Movement.
In 1958, together with some colleagues from the Art Academy, he founded Gruppo 58 who aspired to a recovery of the local iconological tradition through the breaking of the traditional schemes.
He moved to Milan in the ’60s he began a new phase of his artistic research passing from a prevalently painting material to a architectural atmosphere that incorporates the metaphysic themes.
The works of this period are characterized by a playful and light-hearted character, that want to criticize the modern society, the consumerism and pop, emphasizing the merits and flaws of everyday life. Strength of his artistic career it has always been his exceptional handicraft dexterity which has allowed him to combine creativity to handicraft practical creating objects that can be considered the plastic-chromatic translation of metaphysical atmosphere.
In his works can be found figural emblems, such as triangles, circles, cones, or in a more narrative connotation, targets, pins, fragments of cornices.
These details were used to denote iconic elements in his paintings, highlighting the continuing tension between the playful look, mocking and the structural, morphological and compositional one.In 1965 he participated to the inaugural exhibition of the Studio Marconi in Milan, with whom he began an intense collaboration through the years.
Since 1984 he teaches “Experimental research in painting” at the New Fine Art Academy in Milan, where he lives and works.