Luca Padroni

Luca Padroni is a painter who lives and works in Rome. Throughout the years of his studies, he has traveled extensively in Europe and Africa, as well as the U.S. and the south of India. He obtained a B.T.E.C. at Kent Institute of Art and Design, U.K., and a B.A. from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. In 1996, he spent a semester at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2000, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and spent a semester at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Padroni's work is a constant traditional pictorial search, even through unconventional methods. The subject matter of his work has often determined new technical approaches to images. Padroni's forms, or figures, are born from a conscious imagination, nourished by experience, by the contemplation of nature and its wonders — individual journeys that unfold through visionary landscapes, abstractions that transmit energy and suspension, taking the observer on an in-depth, touching exploration, as intimate as his quest.

Padroni's work has been regularly exhibited both in private and public spaces including: Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna, Rome; Cremlin Manor, Moscow; National Gallery for Modern Art of Tirana, Albania; Museum of Christian and Byzantine Art, Athens; La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan; Galleria L'Attico, Rome; Galleria Oddi Baglioni, Rome; Galleria il Segno, Rome; Galleria Testori, London; Galeria La Aurora, Murcia, Spain; and Galerie Gaia, Geneva.

Classes (Selected)

  • ART 1504 Introduction to DrawingThis course introduces students to principles and techniques of representation. Emphasis is on creating the illusion of space and form through line, the rendering of light and shade, and studies in perspective. Students have the opportunity to explore various media such as charcoal, chalk, pencil, pen, ink, and wash. Assumes no prior knowledge of drawing.
  • ART 3001 Art StudioThis class will concentrate on the development, through research and material experimentation, of a studio practice informed by historical and social context. Different research and production methodologies will be encouraged to develop a practice that is critical, self-sustaining, and flexible. Specific attention will be paid to implications of transferring artistic practice to Rome, i.e., the way the specificities and generalities of a new geographical setting inform one's work. Required course for B.F.A. students participating in Rome.