Samuele Ventanni Italy , b. 1986

Italian Postwar & Contemporary painter Samuele Ventanni, was born in Umbertide, Italy in 1986. Ventanni plays with both concepts of futurism and spatialism by challenging the conventions of present conceptions by becoming avant-garde. The artwork created is built and designed in a manner to capture light, along with manipulating ways to accentuate certain hues and tones. Despite his young age, Ventanni has long been experimenting with the use of jeans fabric, "embroidering" with his own hand paintings with a rigorous flavor, enriched by a playful component expressed through soft foam rubber surfaces. These techniques can be seen in his works of acrylic on canvas, which has been stretched and modelled to create depth. 


Inspired by Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, founder of the Futurist movement and art theorist, Ventanni summarizes the progression of century old ideologies and transforms them into artistic representations that illustrate possibilities for the coming millennium. It is with the theme of space that Ventanni works with, that indicates this possibility of creating dialogue between futurism and spatialism. 


Ventanni’s process of cutting the canvas in his work, challenges the notion of space both physically and metaphysically, where the movement within the pieces is continually evolving and developing. It is within this development that Ventanni emphasizes that space is eternal, and additionally integrates the fundamental principles of colour and sound to illustrate this. The basic elements are therefore used as a means of investigating the dynamism that arises from different waves of light, which transitions the abstract nature of space into material experimentation. The artist expresses that this shift in paradigm cannot be limited to a static and two-dimensional essence, but to play with the surrounding space and relate it back to the continuing advancements of the future. 


Ventanni offers the opportunity to look to the future by imagining circumstances without fear but with confrontation, and encourages that in these circumstances to contemplate the break and separation between past and present. This positions and guides the concept of Ventanni’s work to raise awareness of our current reality, by amalgamating the effects of futurism and spatialism to flow through his pieces and into materiality.