Luca Brandi is a florence-based abstract painter whose works of art are beautifully Articulated colour plays that takes the viewer on a Spiritual journey into the deepest self.
The talented Luca sat down to talk to us about his Artistic journey from painting icons in Florentine churches to his introduction to abstraction, the city of Florence, his creative process and Color palette choice inspired by the great Art Masters of early and late renaissance.
Some Other label is an avid fan of Art and in particular Abstraction. We wish Luca all the best with his artistic journey and hope to hang up one of his paintings in our Studio one day!
Did you always know you would end up in the art world?
I always knew I wanted to be an artist and that I would dedicate myself to painting. I started at the tender age of nine helping my Art-Master create icons in Churches around Florence.
Your earliest art-memory that impacted you greatly.
The memory that holds the most significance for my artistic evolution is tied to my second Art-Master who introduced me to abstraction and the concept of colour conceived as a spactial element.
What does Art mean for you on a personal level?
Art for me has become a way of life, a way of thinking, a way of living, and evolving. it allows my soul to travel to places where my body cannot go.
Tell us a little bit about your creative process when creating your work.
My creative process began many years ago however in order to represent timeless moments and sensations on the canvas, it is is in constant evolution from the choice of materials right Down to the actual process of the art work itself.
The great abstract artist Gorky stated “Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes.... Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas” do you agree with this and do you find that with your own work?
I agree completley with Gorky's view of abstraction-in fact His work explored worlds that are not actually perceived in every day life. I am much closer to the spirtual journey of the soul into the abysess and silence in order to find oneslef. I try to create sensations that ask the viewer to reflect on him or herself and on themes of the human condition: love, time and space.
What inspires you on a daily basis?
I am inspired by all that is naturally beautiful and creative takins inspiration also from parallel arts such as scultpture, architecture, design and fashion. Every day life is synthesised in a sensation or sentiment that then becomes a painting.
You reside in Florence- does the city inspire and ‘appear’ in your works?
The city of Florence has been the backbone of my artistic expression. The Renaissance and the many artists who lived here are very much impregnated in the very culture of the city. Some of these artists who worked on the representation of spirtuality were great sources of inspiration for some school of thoughts of Modern Abstraction, in particular Minminalism or Abstract Expressionism of Rothko.
Tell us about the colour choice in your work.
My colour choice began with my first teacher whose metallic Colors for the depiction of the saints impacted me as well as the study of the colour choices of the great artists- for this reason I use a lot of metallic colours such as copper, silver and so forth or historic Colours from 1600/1700 such as alizarin crimson, van dyck brown, viridian etc in my paintings.
The future for luca brandi?
My project for the future sees me creating bigger works of art and showcasing them in the best spaces available because this is a privotal element in the vision and comprehension of my work.
Where can one follow your work?
All my works, exhibitions and my creative process can be Viewed on my Instagram.
Finally how would you describe luca brandi- the artist?
I would say that I was born for art and in particular for painting. Even though I come from italy, which is not a very abstract-friendly country, this has never hindered my exploration of the soul and bringing it onto canvas. My only wish is that i continue my path until the end.