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Gabriele La Teana

 

Gabriele La Teana

Class 90, he was born in Scandiano and
at the age of 4 he moved to Milan in 1995
From an early age he felt a strong
attraction towards drawing and writing
on walls.
At 14 he came into contact with
the world of graffiti until 2009, the year
in which, without reason, he completely
abandoned that environment until 2018.
In that year the depression hits harder
than ever. La Teana takes in hand
a canvas and some brushes and begins
as a joke, by necessity, to draw on them.
From there, as if absorbed in a bubble,
he pours out all his suffering, hatred, fear
on canvases and sheets.
The first works are really primordial,
almost like tribal masks.
Over time he becomes aware of
the means and how to use them, refining
his own style.
His paintings after less than a year
of activity are noticed and from there
he begins to exhibit in various group
exhibitions around Italy: Florence,
Bologna, Rome, then Milan.
Despite the pandemic, in June 2020
he has his first solo show at the Museum
of Contemporary Art in Alcamo, Sicily.
Here he exhibits all his works and leaves some of his pieces on permanent display
at the Museum.
Also in that period he was contacted
to exhibit one of his impressive works
abroad in a group exhibition at the Pintér
gallery in Budapest.
In 2021 one of his pieces was auctioned
at the Gigarte house, together with
the likes of Salvador Dalí and Botero.
From 2018 to 2021, in each of his works
we can see the suffering of the artist,who
with decisive, sharp brushstrokes almost
seems to be fighting with the canvas.
With orderly chaos, he seems to be trying
to put his thoughts in order.
With his distressing figures, he triesto
bring out his demons.
Up to the current awareness that
depression is part of him and will forever
be part of him, but now he has a means
with which to learn to live with.
Art saved his life and he repays it
by giving him his life.



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