Mauro BELLUCCI | ESH Gallery – Milano based Contemporary Art and Craft Gallery
Mauro Bellucci was born in Voghera (PV) in 1959, where he actually lives and works.
Graduated in Japanese lexicography at Pavia University, for several years practiced the art of calligraphy from the Far East. Focusing on Japanese culture, Mauro artistic achievement is a balanced mixture of the previous Oriental experiences with personal and Western taste.
Mauro’s exercises as basic technique the collage on canvas or on other materials such as wood or iron, by using different basic materials, mainly hand-made Nepalese paper and Japanese sumi ink. The collage is made by overlapping paper cuts treated with water or paper strips painted with different shades of grey and black, placed in parallel and vertically (inspired by the basic iki principles). Mauro applies also a personal printing technique with woodblock or other natural materials specifically treated to emphasize the effect – often only suggested – of the edges on the paper.
The collage technique allows Mauro Bellucci to research on tri-dimensional aspects played by the transparency property of the paper: a dialogue between emptiness ad fullness (also inspired by zen aesthetic concepts), an accumulation of signs or – on the contrary – a reduction to a minimum mark, to a single line, to a single shade.
The usual artist signature is replaced by a red seal according to the calligraphic tradition, placed within the artwork structure and often in dialogue with it affecting the overall equilibrium of the composition. The stone seal is not incised with characters, but gently scratched to suggest a no-signature or a no-logo.