Loredano Rizzotti was born in Milan, in 1947.

LRizzotti-Portrait with SandalsCR

His father, a mosaic artist of great talent, worked in restoring the mosaic promenade of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, in 1962. It is probably from his father that Loredano acquired his love for art, for the continued commitment to the precision of gesture and for quality antiques.

Until the age of 24 years he worked as a lithographer in a publishing house, something which yielded a precise and technical training and made him acquire a special sensitivity to the composition of color.

His innate ability to design at some point manifested itself in a clear and convincing manner, confirmed by all those who came in contact with him, as well as from his own family, to take the road of professional fine art painter.

In 1972, Loredano Rizzotti, at the age of 24, opened his first atelier in Milan. He chose the most characteristic and bohemian zone in the city, the area of the Naviglio Grande – the Grand Canal. To this day it allows him to breathe the atmosphere of the past even in a modern metropolis. It has inspired him deeply from the earliest pictorial expressions with its striking images of railings and balconies, courtyards and scenes of everyday life that long characterized his style.

The choice of location, a hub of activity and visibility in Milan, also allows his work to be known and appreciated by the general public, giving him professional and economic satisfaction.

His passion for history and collecting antiques allowed him to research and seek out content for his paintings, urging him to evolve, acquire knowledge and experience and develop a new artistic maturity. At the same time his technical ability reached very high levels.

Following the establishment of his studio in Milan, were some of the first important public shows of the artist’s work:

  • 1972 – 1987 – Collective Shows. Various group exhibitions throughout Italy, including the regions of Liguria, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Trentino, Valle d’Aosta and others.
  • 1985 – National Television Rai3, for a special on his paintings of cats
  • 1986 – “Fiera del Libro” – Book Fair, in Turin, Italy, invited to exhibit his paintings
  • 1987 – National Television Rai3, together with writer Carlo Castellaneta with his work.
  • 2007 – “Il Viaggio” – “The Journey”, personal show at the
    Gallery Aliprandi in the Brera Arts District, Milan, Italy.
  • 2008 – “Mostra di Antiquariato Internazionale” – International Exhibition of Antiques.
    Exhibited as a painter, Parma, Italy.
  • 2009 – Exhibited at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan, Italy.
  • 2010 – “Mostra di Antiquariato Internazionale” – International Exhibition of Antiques.
    Again exhibited as a painter, Parma, Italy.

His work at this point is known internationally even if Rizzotti has never previously associated himself with galleries or art dealers. His paintings have been purchased by private collectors around the world, from Japan to France, from China to Britain, from Saudi Arabia to Germany and the United States, because of their uniqueness, beauty and the profound sense they inspire.

For many years Rizzotti has worked to refine his own identity as a painter. Over time the imagery recounted in his paintings has been various, but can be traced back to the following recurring themes:

The Gated Doors – I Portoni

At the start, the vision was of the door seen from the outside with the door open to an interior that, over time, showed different scenarios depending on the inspiration of the moment. Often seen through the open doorways were antiques that had been gathered with passion and presented in impromptu interpretations.

In the period following, the point of view moved indoors with a vision to the outside world through the open doorway, taking on different meanings. On the one hand, the silence and the darkness of the inner courtyard responded to Rizzotti’s need for peace and cleanliness, a sort of defense against the contemporary world, chaotic, corrupt and vulgar. The other visions toward the exterior revealed the desire to escape, and a curiosity about the changing light, seasons, hours and atmosphere. Here, there is no room for easy pictorial sensationalism; everything is interpreted through dream and feeling.

The superficiality of modern life aroused changes in Rizzotti’s paintings that emptied them of obvious images, enriching their depth and conceptual nature.

The Books – I Libri

The pictorial quality, the refined technique and a rare sensibility gave birth to extraordinary works both as an interpretation of the existential discomfort and as veiled denunciation of the artistic decay we are experiencing.

The Journey – Il Viaggio

In this theme it becomes apparent Rizzotti’s desire to escape, to change scenarios. The suitcases, symbols of departure, are represented in multiple ways, from the paintings of a larger size, almost screaming of the desire to leave, to the smaller-sized, but more numerous paintings. And then there are also the handbags, the shoes… all signs suggesting to the observer the sensations and desire to escape.

The Musical Instruments – I Strumenti

The latest imagery is a representation of musical instruments destroyed, dusty, now unusable. As if to say that the music is over… that there is no more music in our world… that it is time to be silent.

Review written by Roberto Gandini • August 2013