Bio | Works

Mauro Bellucci was born in 1959 in Voghera, a city where he still resides and works. After linguistic studies and a thesis on Japanese lexicography at the University of Pavia, he dedicated himself to the practice of classical Far Eastern calligraphy.


The foundational technique of his works is the collage using handmade Nepalese paper and Japanese sumi ink on canvas. His range of techniques includes the overlapping of elements of paper cut with a water edge (an Eastern cutting technique that leaves the edges blurred), vertical strips of paper painted in shades of gray and black (drawing inspiration from Japanese IKI aesthetics), modular elements with black impressions from wooden matrices, or the effect of burnt paper with incense to achieve an almost impalpable mark.


The use of collage is also to be understood as a search for three-dimensional aspects played on the transparency of the paper used, a dialogue between fullness and emptiness (inspired by the aesthetic concepts of Zen painting), an accumulation of signs, or, on the contrary, a reduction to the bare minimum, to the single line, to the single nuance.


The usual signature is replaced by a red seal according to Eastern tradition, inside the structure of the work and in dialogue with it, influencing compositional balances. The stone seal is not engraved with ideograms but left in a raw state with slight burin interventions to create a sort of non-signature.