Luigi Gatti Statement

The main feature of Luigi Gatti’s work is the overlap between “serious” paintings and images drawn from the world of advertising, illustration, and comic strips. Pictorial influences range from Giotto, Mantegna, Caravaggio, and Velazquez to the Italian, European, and North American 20th Century, from Casorati, CarrĂ¡, Balthus, to Hopper. His paintings depict stories of small, private events such as birthdays or weddings and there are often children playing alone indoors in the shade. The twilight effect is not just conveyed through the light and the oxidized, scraped colors, but also through an atmosphere that is suspended somewhere between myth and melancholy. They are short stories that attempt to explain the inexplicable: the charm and the mystery of life.