painter born in 1974
Acrylic, graphite and copper foil on panel
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THE STORIES BEHIND THE PAINTINGS
Vanessa writes beautiful tales to explain the feelings that led to the creation of her paintings.
Her imagination is incredibly fertile. She translates her feelings and impressions into original paintings and beautiful tales.
Besides being a talented painter, she is a fantastic storyteller.
Story of the beautiful crystal heart that came into the world to love, abandoned by love
Acrylic, pencil and copper foil on panel - 50 x 19 in (127 x 48.3 cm)
Gea was, understandably, well anchored to earth. She was so happy that she spent most of her time upside down, because she said, "I see things from here in the right perspective". This natural position for her, but unusual in the eyes of the rest of the world, made it easier for her heart to slip from chest to head. Where long remained. Gea was fine, but the whole planet was interested in the strange case of "the girl with a travelling heart". 'The more people became interested in her, the more shy and reserved she became, unable to distinguish who was her friend sincerely and who was not...
Vanessa Longo was born in Motta Livenza, near Treviso (Italy), in 1974.
At the age of 14, she decided to enroll in art school at the Liceo Artistico Statale in Treviso. Vanessa enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice where she was awarded a scholarship for merit (1994\1995) and the “Erasmus” scholarship for exchange students which she fulfilled at the “Universidad Complutense” of Madrid in 1996. In 1997 she graduated university in sculpture with top marks.
In 1999 Vanessa moved to London where she created a media frenzy by joining art exhibitions and conferences as well as her own personal events, each with much success. In 1999 she won “The Artist Residence Program” and had the chance to work in a sculpture workshop , Kalani Honua Inc. a Pahoa – Hawaii. Afterwards she set up the personal exhibition “Vanessa Longo half-naked and naked bodies ” within the international event “Tecniche libere” at the “Galleria Modiglioni” in Milan where she was brilliantly reviewed by judges of the competition at the “Rebecca Hossack” gallery in London.
Between 2000 and 2002 she joined the ”XX Premio Florence” arranged at Palazzo dei Cinquecento painting pavilion in Florence and devised the art exhibition “Enigmas” at Cosmostudio art gallery in Florence. She was appointed event organizer at the "Kitchen Art Restaurant" at Bagno a Ripoli (FI), as well as at the Art Circle “Labirinta” in Oderzo (TV). In 2003, among other various commitments, she was appointed Art Director at the “Momoyama Art Bistrot” in Florence.
At that time she joined the Free International Artists who had launched an intense artistic and cultural activity fostering values of camaraderie, free thinking and free cultural exchange among artists. Afterwards she became one of the leaders of the cultural circle where she once again took part in “Festival Internacional Lucero del Alba” arranged by “Universidad Tecnològica Tula-Tepeji”; this led to the creation of twenty murals (Hidalgo, Mexico), the international exhibition “La Città Nascosta” set up in 2004 by the association “Tempo Reale” at the Congress Centre “La Serra” (Ivrea), directed by Alberto Negro (Turin).
Other Significant experiences were:
- “La Ruta de Quetzalcòtl en los Metros del Mundo” at the art gallery “Unidad Iztapalapa” at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México, (Mexico) in 2004;
- International Mural painting “La Ruta de Quetzalcòtl en los Metros del Mundo” at the train station San Lazaro at the Sistema Transporte Colectivo Metro de la Ciudad de México (Mexico);
- International exhibition “Stracci al Vento” presented in the Botanic Garden of the Science Faculty at the University “Federico II” of Naples by Enzo Marino; the “Fernando Santi Istitute” and the Free International Artists, within the “Maggio dei Monumenti” in Naples, in 2005;
- International art exhibition “Homenaje al Dr. Miguel León Postilla” with works inspired by “15 poetas del mundo Náhuatl” and “Visión de los Vencidos”, displayed at the “Galería del Colegio Nacional” in October 2005. Afterwards they were exhibited at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Iztapalapa, the Estación Hidalgo del Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metro, and at the Casas de Cultura or Galerías de las Delegaciones del Distrito Federal at the Consejos Estatales para la Cultura y las Artes in the central district of the Repúblic;
She joined the “VI. Women’s International Conference 2005” in Graz (Austria) under the artistic leadership of Christine Kertz, an event cherished by the cultural circle “Esmeralda”, founded by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and by the Art Gallery “Menache” in Mexico City. The event was followed by the international exhibition “Woman and Migration” at the Kunsterhaus in Graz.
In December 2009 she was awarded a grant and did her master’s degree in Art Management and wins a special award from the jury of “Socété Nationale des Beaux Arts” at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.
In 2010, she won a scholarship grant and took part to the Master “art managment” realized by the Firenze’s province, curated by the University of Florence, Faculty of letters.
In 2013, she moved to New York and won the contest to exhibit at 'NO SPHERE Arts’.
in 2017, she Wins the contest to be the ltalian representative at “The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu”, China. www.theschoolhouseatmutianyu.com
Her painting "More human than you, man" is part of the permanent collection of the Xu Cun International Art Commune Museum (Shang Xi province near Beijing).
Vanessa currently lives in Florence and exhibits in New York.
Vanessa Longo is acknowledged in several catalogs and yearbooks, and her works appear in private and public collections worldwide.
A WORD BY THE ARTIST
Performing as both artist and craftsman, I combine a method of quick-painting on copper plate with nailing on rescued wood tables to create female figures like goddesses of war.
My materials are all recycled. My sketches are born spontaneously and are then shaped. I work in two distinct phases – painting embodies the spontaneous, and I live this creative moment with great intensity. But the finished works are the realization of a complete project, and the preparation of the tables follows the outline of the original design. My inspiration comes from animals and monsters of the fantastic realm, often from medieval bestiaries. I began my research in Italy, where one finds many links with the Middle Ages.
My compositions are emotionally dynamic: inside they breathe a medieval style; mythological and religious figures are paganized through beasts of Medieval imaginary realm: dragons, gargoyles. In recent years my career has evolved in a different way, the women I represent are not set anymore against a foe, but they penetrate it: the results are figures with female bodies and animal heads. In the background, small insects invade the entire compositional space, complicating the relation between space and subject. These insects are often drawn in stationary positions and are copied endlessly, as if they were made mechanically.
VANESSA LONGO CREATING THE PAINTING
"ANATOMY OF AN IRREVERSIBLE DESTINY"
Photos and video frames courtesy of Lo Studiolo di Francesca Procopio