Enzo Cucchi | Original prints, lithographs, etchings and illustrated books
Enzo Cucchi (Morro d'Alba, November 14, 1949) is an Italian artist, painter and sculptor.
Trained as a self-taught person, after his beginnings in the conceptual field, he landed on figuration, becoming one of the main exponents of the historical nucleus of the Italian Transavantgarde themed by Achille Bonito Oliva. In the works on canvas, accompanied by numerous drawings and often presented by poetic texts written by the artist himself, he reappropriates with a visionary gaze the myth, the history of art and literature (Cani con lingua a spasso, 1980 and Eroe senza testa, 1981; Both by sea and by land, 1980), giving life to compositions of great symbolic intensity, in which the world is often represented as a battlefield between two opposing principles.
After the great compositions with the use of charcoal and collage, he experimented with the use of different materials, among which, earth, burnt wood, neon tubes and iron (in the Vitebsk-Harar series dedicated to Arthur Rimbaud and Kazimir Severinovič Malevič), at the same time embracing an almost Caravaggian use of light, which allowed him effects of spatial depth.
In 1986 he answered the call of the Neapolitan gallery owner Lucio Amelio who, following the 1980 Irpinia earthquake, had asked the major contemporary artists of the time to create a work that had the earthquake as its theme, to be included in the Terrae Motus collection. . His work Untitled is made up of four aged and rusty iron panels, which refer to the violence of the wear of time, in the center of which stands a tondo with a vessel, a symbolic image dear to the artist. He also made some sculptures and the decoration of the chapel of Monte Tamaro, near Lugano (1992-94, architect Mario Botta).