Luca Patella (Rome, 1934) was one of the first artist to conduct experimental research using multimedia while using it as an art form.
A pioneer of multimedia
His major work as an artist began in the mid-1960s, where he embraced both art and science, strongly influenced by astronomy, chemistry and analytical psychology. Patella became very inventive in his artwork using complex techniques and he would combine photography and graphics using gestures and the human body in performance. He was one of the first artists to create an exhibition that was in motion (through projection) whilst also introducing themes of conceptualism and land art into his practice.
Over the years he has obtained international prizes such as the Biennale del Cinema (experimental section, Venice, 1969), Premio Pascali (1976), and for his poetry: Grinzane Cavour, Feronia, and Vincenzo Cardarelli (2002). Patella was commissioned the large Fontaine Physiognomique de Magritte, for the Place de Ninove in Brussels (2002). A short feature on the work of Patella (directed by Ileana Zaza) won the DOC Prize of the Aquario Romano in collaboration with the MAXXI, Rome (2016).
Most important exhibitions
He taken part in many group exhibitions in Europe and all over the world, amongst which the XXXIII Venice Art Biennale, 1966 (along with the biennales in 1972, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1993 and 2011); the V Paris Biennale, 1967 (he won the special prize for photos and film); the San Marino Biennale, 1967; Information, MoMA, New York, 1970; Luca Maria Patella, Galerie Lara Vincy, Paris, 1979; Luca Patella, Museuo de Arte Contemporaneo, São Paulo, 1982; Duchamp und die Avant garde seit 1950, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 1988; Temps, la quatrième dimension, Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels; Barbican Centre, London; Roma Anni ’70, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, 1990; End of Earth, Land Art to 1974, MOCA, Los Angeles, 2011; GNAM, Rome, 2010-2011 ; Roma Pop city, MACRO, Rome 2016; Laura Bulian Gallery and NABA in Milan 2017.