Luca Crippa

  • Born: (Seregno, Monza Brianza, Lombardy, Italy)
  • Died: (Seregno, Monza Brianza, Lombardy, Italy) age 80

Luca Crippa was an Italian painter and set designer.

During the school years he developed an exquisite sensitivity suspended between Dadaism and surrealism, supported by a very important technical moment, in fact his first photographic collages and polymaterial works date back to the 1940s. In 1944 he made his debut with a personal exhibition at the Galleria Borromini in Como, and in 1946, after moving to Milan, he worked for three years following the decorative studies of the projects of Giò Ponti's studio.

Two important awards are given to him, the first in 1964, when he was awarded the prestigious International Prize for black and white by the American David E. Bright Foundation at the XXXII Venice International Biennale, and two years later, in 1966, when Arturo Schwarz invites him to exhibit his works, five works dated from '42, on the occasion of the exhibition of the fifty years Dada in Italy 1916-1966 at the Contemporary Art Pavilion. Since 1970, after the exhibition at the Milan Gallery Drawings, collages and surrealist objects. 1938-1948, his research and artistic production are intertwined with the activity of teacher in pictorial decoration at the Brera Academy in Milan, where he teaches from 1971 to 1993.

His works are exhibited in important museums and private collections including the MOMA in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and that of Boston, the Staatsgalerie of Stuttgart, the Cabinet des Estampes of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Galleries of Modern Art of Turin, La Spezia and Marsala (Trapani), the Contemporary Graphic Collection of Pisa, the Martha Jackson Collection of New York, the Bonzagni Museum of Cento (Ferrara) and in various Italian and foreign private collections.

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