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    Luigi Ontani
    Born in Vergato (Bologna) in 1943, lives and works in Roma, Bologna, India.
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    Luigi Ontani was born during the Second World War on the Gothic Line. After attending the ‘Corso di nudo’ at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna in the 60s, at a time when traditional techniques were generally rejected, Ontani moved on to experimental painting that drew inspiration from the childlike sphere of the game and began to create his vivants. These were filmed and photographed performances in which he presented himself disguised in different ways: from Pinocchio to Dante, from San Sebastiano to Bacco. His first exhibition took place in Bologna in 1965 in a show organized by the Gruppo Industriale Maccaferre, but his real debut came with a solo show at the Galleria San Petronio in the spring of 1967, where he presented watercolors, drawings, and ‘redundant’ objects. An important milestone was his solo exhibition at the Galleria San Fedele in Milan in 1970 by Renato Barilli.
    Luigi Ontani contributed to the repositioning of the figurative language within the practice of contemporary art through photography, performance and tableaux vivants, sculpture, installations and designs that harken back to a rich tradition of Western as well as Eastern images. The Orient and the exotic have in fact always exerted a strong attraction over the artist. At the end of 1974, he embarked upon his first trip to India and began his reproductions in sepia water colors in harmonious chromatic shades. He himself is often the protagonist of his works, dressing in the clothes of legendary figures from history, religion, or literature, tapping the most diverse sources of recent and bygone times, with a method that assimilates the quotation of pre-existing models for the creation of a very personalized mythology where narcissism and erudition coexist. The format that he usually chooses is that of the miniature or of the enlargement and each work is unique. In addition to having taken part in the Venice Biennale editions of 1972, 1978, 1984,
1986, and 1995, and in the Biennale of Lione in 2000, Luigi Ontani has exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum of New York and Venice, the Museum Villa Stuck of Monaco, Kunsthalle of Bern,
at PS1 MoMA in  New York, S.M.A.K. in Ghent, the Frankfurt Kunstverein, the Centro
de Arte Reina Sofia of Madrid, the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, MAMbo of Bologna, the Museo di Capodimonte of Naples, and the Castello di Rivoli in Turin.

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    SOLO EXHIBITIONS - Selection

     

    2017

    Luigi Ontani. SanLuCastoMalinIconicoAttoniTonicoEstaEstE?tico, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Rome, Italy

     

    2014

    Er/Simulàcrum/Amò, GAMeC - Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy

     

    2013

    NaturalArtificialAcrobazia, Galleria Mazzoli, Modena, Italy

     

    2012

    AnderSennoSogno, Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen, Rome, Italy

    Rivoltartealtrove, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland

    Dijon, Le Dejeuner Sur L’art, Le Consortium, Dijon, France

     

    2011

    Opere, Galleria Cà di Frà, Milan, Italy

    The Living Boxes/Le Scatole Viventi-Racconti italiani-RivoltArteAltrove, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy

    Rossinaria, Centro Arti Visive Pescheria, Pesaro, Italy

     

    2009

    Valentina Moncada, Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

    CapoDiomonte, Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples, Italy

     

    2008

    MAMbo, Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

     

    2007

    Perentorio, Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome, Italy

    Anamorposes, Bortolami, New York, USA

    Sculpture & Memory, Works from the Gardner and by Luigi Ontani, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, USA

     

    2006

    VETRIETEREIETEROCLITI, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

     

    2004

    Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome, Italy

     

    2003

    Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy

    Genthara, SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium

     

    2001

    Luigi Ontani: 1965-2001, GaneshaMusa, MoMA PS1, New York, USA

     

    2000

    PiETRASANTA inCANTA, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Pietrasanta (LU), Italy

     

    1999

    Rizziero Arte, Pescara, Italy

     

    1998

    Sacro Fauno Profunny a Fano, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Fano, Italy

     

    1996

    Galleria Civica di Trento, Trento,  Italy

    Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

    Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

     

    1995

    Idea Aida del Vero Diffida, Galleria dello Scudo, Verona, Italy

     

    1994

    Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Palazzo Wolkenstein, Trento, Italy

     

    1989

    Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Palazzo Wolkenstein, Trento, Italy

    Euterpetto, Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy

     

    1980

    Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

    Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

     

    1978

    En route vers l'inde, Galleria L'Attico, Rome, Italy


    1974

    Galleria L'Attico, Rome, Italy

     

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS - Selection

     

    2016

    Versus, La Sfida Dell'artista Al Suo Modello In Un Secolo Di Fotografia E Disegno, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy

    Arte En Escena, Obras De La Colección Maxxi-Museo De Arte Del Siglo Xxi, Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    La Seduzione Dell’Antico, Museo d’Arte della città di Ravenna (MAR), Ravenna, Italy

     

    2015

    Egosuperegoalterego. Volto E Corpo Contemporaneo Dell’Arte, MACRO Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italy

    Ennesima-An Exhibition of Seven Exhibitions on Italian Art, Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy

    il manichino della storia l´arte dopo le costruzioni della critica e della cultura, Mata, Modena, Italy

    [ec-cel-lèn-za], Galeria Giovanni Bonelli, Milan, Italy

    An Jan - Eine Hommage, MARTa, Herford, Germany

    Overpainting, Repetto Gallery, London, UK

    SELF: Portraits of Artists in Their Absence, National Academy Museum, New York, USA

     

    2014

    La Gioia Through the eyes of three Italian art collectors, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium

    Il corpo figurato, Opere dalla Collezione 1966-2005, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy

    Selezione V, Galleria dello Scudo, Verona, Italy

    To continue. Notes towards a Sculpture Cycle | Sguardi, Nomas Foundation, Rome, Italy

    The Paradox of Sculpture, National Academy Museum, New York, Italy

    Enrico Astuni. Pietrasanta 2000§2010, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna, Italy

     

    2013

    Anni '70. Arte a Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

    Transformer : Aspects Of Travesty, Richard Saltoun, London, UK

    Leggere fotografie, Reading photographs, Centro de Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia (CAMeC), La Spezia, Italy

    Quarantanni d, Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy

    Souvenir, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, Italy

    The Naked and the Nude, Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    (P)Arerga & (P)Aralipomena Della (P)Ittura, Bonelli Arte Contemporanea, Mantova, Italy

    Rosa Piero Rosa Tiepolo Rosa Spalletti Rosa…, Studio La Città, Verona, Italy

    Il giardino segreto, Castello Svevo, Bari, Italy

     

    2012

    Dalla Collezione Macro, MACRO Testaccio (MACRO Future), Rome, Italy

    A meno di non ricorrere a una fotografia, M & D ARTE, Gorgonzola (MI), Italy

    About Caravaggio. Contemporary Visions & Illusions, Scuderie Aldobrandini per l'Arte, Frascati (RM), Italy

    Untitled (Giotto's O), Sperone Westwater Gallery, Lugano, Italy

    Ritratto di una città. Arte a Roma 1960 - 2001, MACRO Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italy

    Contemporary Art Jewels Ceramica Da Indossare, Officine Saffi Ceramic Arts Gallery, Milan, Italy

    Mondino, Ontani, quel Matto e Io, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna, Italy

    Oltre il muro, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy

    Arte torna Arte, Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, Italy

    Brucennial 2012 , Harder. Betterer. Fasterer. Strongerer, New York, USA

     

    2011

    Lvi Mostra Nazionale Premio Città Di Termoli 2011, Galleria Civica D'arte Contemporanea, Termoli (CB), Italy

    Odissea Contemporanea, Valentina Moncada Arte Contemporanea, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto (PG), Italy

    Exposition D’Ouverture, Le Consortium, Dijon, France

    Ileana Sonnabend: An Italian Portrait, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA

    Ileana Sonnabend. An Italian Portrait, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

    When in Rome, Thirty works of art between now and then, Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA

    A Carte Scoperte, Galleria Cart, Monza, Italy

     

    2010

    Iles jamais trouvées, Musée d'Art moderne, Saint-Étienne, France

    Logos, Galleria L´Ariete, Bologna, Italy

    BUON DOMANI \ A BETTER TOMORROW, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy

    Libro/Oggetto: Italian Artists` Books, 1960s-Now, Museum of Art, Santa Monica, USA

    Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung, Holbeinhaus, Augsburg, Germany

    Isole mai Trovate, Islands never found, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Grece

    Spazio. The Scene and the Imaginary, MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

    Squares of Rome, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China

    Pagine da un bestiario fantastico, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy

    Isole mai trovate / Islands never found, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy

     

    2009

    Twentysix Gasoline Stations ed altri libri d'Artista, Una collezione, Museo Regionale, Messina, Italy

    Italics: Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution 1968–2008, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, USA

    El tiempo del Arte, Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    MATT DIVE GOLD, LipanjePuntin Artecontemporanea, Rome, Italy

    Love Letters: ampliamento e allestimento della nuova collezione del MACRO, MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italy

    Connectivity 01, Terna Prize for Contemporary Art, CAM - Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA

    FLOWER POWER, CRAA -  Centro di ricerca arte attuale Villa Giulia, Verbania (VB), Italy

    Siamo sempre Nuovi Nuovi, Galleria Centro Steccata, Parma, Italy  

    Esposizione Universale, GAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy

    Nuova Icona, Galleria Nazionale Delle Marche, Palazzo Ducale, Urbino, Italy

    Siamo sempre Nuovi-nuovi, Frittelli Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

    It is natural, Zonca & Zonca, Milan, Italy

    Mitografie: Dentro Roma/1, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, Italy

    XIVa Quadriennale di Roma, Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma, Villa Carpegn, Rome, Italy

    Hard Art, Galleria L'Attico, Rome, Italy

    Spazio Libro d’Artista, Palazzo Manganelli, Catania, Italy

    L'Artista viaggiatore da Gauguin a Klee, da Matisse a Ontani, MAR - Museo d’Arte della città di Ravenna, Ravenna, Italy

     

    2008

    CRONOSTASI, Prima parte 1961-1985, GAM - Galleria Civica d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy

    Italics. Arte Italiana fra Tradizione e Rivoluzione, 1968-2008, Palazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy

    (NO) VACANCY, Galleria Maze, Turin, Italy

    Nuove-nuove icone per il nostro tempo, Zonca & Zonca, Milan, Italy

    Manifesta 7, Comitato Manifesta 7, Bolzano, Italy

    INTERIORS, Galleria Oredaria Arti Contemporanee, Rome, Italy

    Impronta globale, Ex Magazzini Generali – ISA - Istituto Superiore Antincendi, Rome, Italy

    Body Work, Le Case d'Arte, Milan, Italy

     

    2007

    Chartae, Galleria Tega, Milan, Italy

    Anatomia dell’irrequietezza, Palazzo della Penna, Perugia, Italy

    Mentalgrafie, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

    OSSESSIONI, Sabrina Raffaghello Arte Contemporanea, Alessandria, Italy

    Goffredo Parise, GNAM - Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

    In pubblico, Azioni e idee degli anni '70 in Italia, Villa Croce Museo d´Arte Contemporanea, Genoa, Italy

    Performans 1968-1978, Museum Of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia

    Il Disegno Tra Visione e Progetto, Galleria Oredaria Arti Contemporanee, Rome, Italy

    Viaggio in Italia, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Pietrasanta (LU), Italy

     

    2006

    Ironica. La leggerezza dell'ironia, Galleria Gruppo Credito Valtellinese, Milan, Italy

    Eccentrics, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany

    Internazionale XII Biennale di Scultura di Carrara, Carrara, Italy

    Italy made in art, Now, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China

    2 (A. V.), Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy

    Medium Fotografie, Stampa, Basel, Switzerland

    Keramikos. Un percosrso sulla ceramica da Arturo Martini a Luigi Ontani, Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

     

    2005

    BYO - Bring your own , MAN - Museo d`Arte di Nuoro, Nuoro, Italy

    La scultura italiana del XX secolo, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, Italy

    Pittori figurativi italiani nella seconda metà del XX secolo, Fondo Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy

    Seven: everything goes to hell, Palazzo Pretorio, Certaldo (FI), Italy

    Area '70, Studio d'Arte Cannaviello, Milan, Italy

    ...O Luna tu... il notturno come spazio della fantasia, ARCOS - Museo di Arte Contemporanea del Sannio, Benevento, Italy

    The American West, Compton Verney Art Gallery, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK

    Perdere la testa, Lattuada Studio, Milan, Italy

    Nuove acquisizioni. Due anni di crescita della colleziuone, MACRO al Mattatoio, Rome, Italy

    Bologna contemporanea, GAMG - alleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna , Bologna, Italy

    The giving person, PAN - Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli, Naples, Italy

    XIV Quadriennale di Roma, GNAM - Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

    Skin, Galleria Daniele Ugolini, Florence, Italy

     

    2004

    Pittura / Scultura, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Fano (PU), Italy

    Pittura / Scultura, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Pietrasanta (LU), Italy

    Attraversare Genova. Percorsi e linguaggi internazionali del contemporaneo, Villa Croce Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Genoa, Italy

    Le Forme Del Legno, Palazzo Firmian, Cavalese (TN), Italy

    Portraits, Esso Gallery and Books, New York, USA

    International artists works on paper, ALPHAarte Gallery, Brugg, Switzerland

    L'Arte in Testa, Palazzo della Provincia Via Berta, Isernia, Italy

    Accelerato Torino-Napoli, Artiscope, Brussels, Belgium

    Le retoriche di Eros:I Crimini dell amore-Da Crepax all Ultrapop, Galleria L´Ariete, Bologna, Italy

     

    2003

    Artisti della Galleria, Galleria Santo Ficara, Florence, Italy

    Heiliger Sebastian, A Splendid Readiness For Death, Museumsquartier, Wien, Austria

    Tracey Emin / Luigi Ontani / Kiki Smith / Cerith Wyn Evans, Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome, Italy

    Collettiva, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Pietrasanta (LU), Italy

    Group Show, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India

    Kids are us / I bambini siamo noi, Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy

    La Scuola Romana del Novecento, Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy

     

    2002

    PHOTOSPHERE, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India

    Massimo Bartolini e Luigi Ontani, Vistamare, Pescara, Italy

    Art italien moderne & contemporain, Marlborough Monaco, Munich, Germany

    Desire, GAM - Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy

    Uovo, Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy

     

    2001

    La GAM costruisce il suo futuro - tre anni di acquisizioni di arte contemporanea, GAM - Galleria Civica d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy

    Laboratorio Materiale, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Fano (PU), Italy

    Corporate Identity – le percezioni del se’ e dell’altro, En Plein Air Arte Contemporanea, Pinerolo

    Desire, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany  

    Terra! Terra!, Cesac - Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Caraglio (CN), Italy

    L'enigma ritrovato, Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy

    Dinamiche della vita dell'arte, GAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy

     

    2000

    Partage d'exotismes, 5e Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France

    La Ville, le Jardin, la Mémoire, Académie de France à Rome, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy

    Around 1984, A Look at Art in the Eighties, MoMA PS1, New York, USA

    Silver Shining, The Box Associati, Turin, Italy

    Anableps, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy

     

    1999

    The Turn of the Century, Galleria In Arco, Turin

    Omaggi Oltraggi, Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

    XIII Quadriennale Proiezioni 2000. Lo spazio delle arti visive nella civiltà multimediale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

    Il Fondo D'Oro, Galleria Santo Ficara, Florence, Italy

     

    1998

    Zurück zur Natur, aber wie?, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

    Frecce, Galleria L'Attico, Rome, Italy

    Sull’amore, Il Narciso Galleria d´arte contemporanea, Rome, Italy

     

    1997

    Versus 2000, MUSEION - Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Bolzano, Italy

    Von Kopf bis Fuß. Fragmente des Körpers, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Italy

    Von Kopf bis Fuß Fragmente des Körpers, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany  

     

    1996

    Antologia, Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy

    L'art Au Corps / Le Corps Exposé De Man Ray A Nos Jours, MAC - Musées d´Art Contemporain, Marseille, France

     

    1995

    46. Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

    Noa Noa. Una stagione in paradiso, Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy

    Festa d'Artisti, Galleria Santo Ficara, Florence, Italy

    L'arte attuale, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy

    Magazzino, Galleria L'Attico, Rome, Italy

     

    1994

    Tutti Questi Mondi, Galleria Carini & Donatini, San Giovanni Valdarno (AR), Italy

     

    1993

    Kunst, die glücklich macht, Galerie Kaess-Weiss, Stuttgart, Germany

    La matita ben temperata, Galleria Anna D’Ascanio, Rome, Italy

     

    1992

    XIIa Quadriennale Italia 1950-1990. Profili Dialettica Situazioni, Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma, Villa Carpegn, Rome, Italy

    7 Artisti in vetta, Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Palazzo Wolkenstein, Trento, Italy

    1991

    Un'Idea di leggerezza, Galleria d'Arte Niccoli, Parma, Italy

     

    1990

    Tuttocolore, Galleria Santo Ficara, Florence, Italy

    La otra escultura. Treinta años de escultura italiana, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

     

    1989

    Artisti Vari, Galleria Santo Ficara, Florence, Italy

    Sculpture da Camera. Chamber Skulptures, NBK - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany

     

    1988

    Luigi Ontani, Nicola de Maria, Mimmo Paladino, Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, Florence, Italy

     

    1987

    Tridente due - Roma 1987 - "Artisti e movimenti in Italia": Casa la vita - Gli artisti del Tridente, Galleria Anna D’Ascanio, Rome, Italy

     

    1986

    XIa Quadriennale di Roma, Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma, Villa Carpegn, Rome

    6th Biennale of Sydney: Origins, Originality + Beyond, Sydney, Australia

    Vom Zeichnen. Aspekte Der Zeichnung 1960-1985, MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Austria

    Vom Zeichnen. Aspekte Der Zeichnung 1960-1985, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany

     

    1985

    Vom Zeichnen. Aspekte Der Zeichnung 1960-1985, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

     

    1984

    41. Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

    Il Modo Italiano, LAICA - Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

     

    1982

    Italian Art Now: An American Perspective: 1982 Exxon International Exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

    Livres d'artistes = Books by artists, Musée d´art contemporain, Montreal, Canada

     

    1978

    38. Biennale di Venezia. From Nature to Art, from Art to Nature, Venice, Italy

     

    1977

    L'Attico E' In Viaggio, Galleria L'Attico, Rome, Italy

     

    1970

    Progetti Di Arte Povera, Castello di Rivara - Centro d´arte contemporane, Rivara (TO), Italy





    Luigi Ontani
  • SanPaoloFolgoratoFortunatoCaraViaggio, 2008
    Photograph. 98 cm
  • Luigi Ontani
  • LapsusLupus
    Photograph on Patercolor Paper. 111 x 137 cm
  • Luigi Ontani
  • GrottescaEscaInvisibileRisibile, 1976
    Photograph on Patercolor Paper. 88 x 150 cm
  • Luigi Ontani
  • NuVolarPilotazio, 1990
    Painted Ceramic. 196 x 53 x 54 cm
  • Luigi Ontani
  • SBAdigl-io, 2004
    Painted wood, Drawing on Paper. 68 x 41 x 19 cm
  • Luigi Ontani
  • FurbeRuberia, 2006
    Painted wood, Drawing on Paper. 64 x 54 x 21 cm
  • Luigi Ontani
  • PanDemonio, 2007
    Painted wood, Drawing on Paper. 66 x 45 x 15 cm
  • Luigi Ontani
  • BelloBalineseMareMade, 1998-2003
    Drawing on Paper. 40 x 50 cm
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