Luca Freschi


Luca Freschi exhibited in Galleria Gagliardi in 2011 and and exhibits in our gallery since 2020.

Luca Freschi formal work on the discontinuity of casts in terracotta, reflections on human frailty and the lightness of human relationships. He is a maker of dolls, feminine simulacra that seem to be waiting for the "magical word" to be placed between their teeth "just like in the Jewish tradition " to start moving and obeying orders. Or as in the case of Olympia, Professor Spallanzani's automaton daughter, whose eyelashes blink and unperturbed expression performed at every uttered word made it unavoidable to fall in love with her, as recounted by Hoffmann. Another analogy that might spring to mind is the exquisite but disquieting fabric doll reproducing Alma Mahler that Kokoschka commissioned to a woman toymaker, after Alma betrayed and abandoned the painter. But no. Luca's dolls have the modesty and chastity of metaphysical mannequins or wooden marionettes. They're stiff-limbed and hard-jointed puppets wearing decorous, vaguely Nordic looking bonnets that hide their hair. His painted terracotta casts are fragments of bodies recomposed with the affectionate patience that broken china deserves. They are full size women, cocoons without the warmth and softness of skin, but they preserve the pose and form of the beloved ones " friends and relatives who let themselves be wrapped and blocked in plaster like fossils in a personal memory. Sometimes these giant chrysalises, similar to Madonnas and saints on old altars, have a private dowry hand-sewn with the care of a bride, and in their naked busts as white as plastered white Mediterranean houses, they host the joyful and airy drawings of children, signs which reproduce, in the fantastic grammar of beginnings, the image of a person, a playful, founding vision of the Other than Self.


Luca Freschi (1982) received his degree in painting from the Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna. During his studies, he worked on the alterity of the human figure and on personal and collective memory through the technique of casting.
He has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Italy and throughout Europe, among which the most recent include the 51st edition of the Campigna Prize at the Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea Vero Stoppioni of S. Sofia (FC) and Open 12, International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations at the island of S. Servolo, Venezia, in 2009. In 2011 he wins the first edition of the OPERA Prize at the Biblioteca Oriani of Ravenna. 
His recent solo exhibitions include, in 2019, Nec spe nec metu, Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, Forlì (FC); in 2018, Rust Never Sleeps, Zeit Gallery Pietrasanta (LU); Out of Memory, “Art & Space Gallery” at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Monaco di Baviera (D) in 2017; La pratica dell’imperfetto, NiArt Gallery Ravenna in 2015; Volatili apparenze, at the National Etruscan Museum of Marzabotto (BO), and Lacrimae Rerum, at the Galleria dell’Immagine of Rimini in 2014; and Simplify and Disobey, at the Galleria Stefano Forni of Bologna in 2013. 
His group exhibitions include Nella mente di chi guarda, Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, Modena, in 2019; Fragilis Mortalit2as, Casa Serra, Cesena (FC) and Italy Korea, Art & Culture: Acknowledging the Differences, Museo Nazionale di Ravenna in 2018; Dialoghi paralleli, at the Galleria Lara e Rino Costa, Valenza (AL), and La scultura è una cosa seria, Galleria Bonioni Arte, Reggio Emilia, in 2016; Arte dal Vero, Centro Gianni Isola di Imola (BO) in 2015; and Martyrium, at M.E.A.M of Barcelona and the Biennal Internacional d'Art at Pobla de Segur, Lleida (E) in 2014.
In 2020 he is invited at MAC in Lissone with his installation “Asàratos òikos”, in the same year his project “Cariatidi” is hosted at Museo Ebraico di Bologna. 
“Cariatidi” was also hosted in 2019 during the 6th Biennale del Mosaico Contemporaneo at Museo Nazionale di Ravenna.
In 2017 he is invited to South Korea for the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale.
In 2015, he is selected as the finalist of the 58th International Prize for Ceramics of Faenza, Some of his works have won national prizes and have been acquired in public collections in Italy and Spain. He is currently working with important Italian and European galleries


Custode del presente e delle cose mortali [IT,EN]Nec spe nec metu, Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, Forlì di Alberto Zanchetta

CARIATIDI [IT] Intersezioni, Museo Nazionale di Ravenna di Giovanni Gardini 

Italy – Korea, Art & Culture Acknowledging the differences [IT,EN] Sala della Tinazzara, Museo Nazionale di Ravenna. 
di Giovanni Gardini

Fragilis Mortalitas - Renato Serra: “Gli affetti ai tempi della guerra” [IT] Casa Museo Renato Serra, Cesena di Marisa Zattini

Tratti Memorabili [IT] Wall Street International Magazine - Luca Freschi di Michele Venturini

Nostalghia - Segni del Tempo [IT] Spazio Cose Belle, Fusignano (RA) di Enrico Lombardi

Perché morte non ci separi [IT,EN] Luca Fresch - Work 2018 di Maria Vittoria Baravelli

La pratica dell'imperfetto [IT,EN] niArt, Ravenna di Davide Caroli

Requiem [IT] Ex Asilo Santarelli, Forlì di Luca Freschi

Martiryum [IT] MEAM - Museo Europeo d'Arte Moderna, Barcellona, Spain di Marco Servadei Morgagni

Crocevia [IT] Castello di Cusercoli (FC) di Marco Servadei Morgagni

Dal Vero [IT] Centro Polivalente Gianni Isola, Museo di San Domenico, Imola di Franco Bertoni

Lacrimae Rerum [IT] Galleria dell'Immagine, Rimini (RN) di Alessandro Giovanardi e Sabrina Foschini

Tempo scaduto [IT,EN] Galleria Stefano Forni, Bologna Maurizio Stupiggia

L’originarietà del rifiuto [IT] Pubblicato su: Elena Dolcini

Il contemporaneo inattuale di Luca Freschi [IT,EN] Elena Dolcini

Sostanze volatili [IT] Galleria Farneti­, Forlì Rosanna Ricci

Sedimenti sottocutanei [IT] Spazio espositivo sperimentale GARO­, Forlimpopoli (FC) Rosanna Ricci e Jacopo Flamigni

Le ragioni della crisalide [IT] Presso lo studio dell’artista, Meldola (FC) Alessandro Giovanardi

Materia e memoria [IT] Cortile dell’Acero Rosso­, Forlimpopoli (FC) Geda Jannicelli

Guardare con lo sguardo della mente [IT] 51ª Edizione del premio Campigna Claudia Casali e Giuseppe Michelacci

Discrepancias [IT,ES] Sala de exposiciones Casino Eldense, Alicante (E) Irene Biolchini

OPEN 12 [IT,EN] Isola di San Servolo, Venezia Sabrina Foschini

Immagini per un archivio storico della Pietà [IT] Chiesa di S. Giovanni Battista, Penne (PS) Lorenzo Di Lucido

La memoria della pelle [IT] Caffè letterario Assenzio, Rimini Alessandro Giovanardi

Graphie “Della morte e dell’esodo…” [IT] Rivista Trimestrale di Arte e Letteratura Galatea

Nuove argille [IT] FRAC Baronissi (SA) Irene Biolchini

Ingresso in società [IT] Chiesina dell’ex Ospedale, Meldola (FC) Claudia Casali