"Queimada", 2021. Mariannita Luzzati. Courtesy of the Figueiredo Ferraz Institute.

AIn addition to an engraver and designer, Mariannita Luzzati is one of the most emblematic painters of the 90s generation. She, who now lives and works between São Paulo and London, began her apprenticeship in the early 1980s at the Instituto per L'Arte e il Restauro , in Florence, Italy. Later, she came to study with Carlos Fajardo, Carmela Gross and Evandro Carlos Jardim. At the end of the same decade, Luzzati began to exhibit his work, participating in important exhibitions in São Paulo, Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro.

In the last 20 years of his career, the painter has been dedicated to the landscape, specifically the Brazilian one. About Luzzati's painting, Gabriel Pérez Barreiro, curator of the last Bienal de São Paulo, wrote: “If ambiguity is the central element in the landscaping tradition, Luzzati explores it extensively through his theme and technique. At the technical level, its many thin layers of oil paint create an optical diffraction that makes the images and edges slightly blurred and undefined, as if observed through a light vapor or even twilight.

Some of this extensive work can be seen now, in Ribeirão Preto, at the Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz (IFF), founded in 2011 by Joao Carlos Figueiredo Ferraz, art enthusiast and cultural promoter who passed away this year.

View of the exhibition at the Figueiredo Ferraz Institute. Photo: Courtesy of the IFF.
View of the exhibition at the Figueiredo Ferraz Institute. Photo: Courtesy of the IFF.

Em Possible Landscapes, Mariannita Luzzati presents 18 paintings in large dimensions and five in small sizes. They date from 1990 to 2021, with six of the works exhibited belonging to the Figueiredo Ferraz collection. “These works were never exhibited together and this gave me the opportunity to analyze this journey”, he says. In addition to the landscape, as a unison element in the exhibition Luzzati says she perceives “a desire to preserve an 'image' moment in each of the works”, which made her experience the experience in each one of them again.

In the artist’s own words, “a landscape carries with it that moment when the air is hot or cold, wet or dry, and all this influences the search for color”. For her, this exhibition has a delicate chromatic relationship with more or less punctuated contrasts; “I realize that the search for colors today is very specific and less casual than in the past”.

"Red Beach", 2020. Mariannita Luzzati. Courtesy of the Figueiredo Ferraz Institute.
“Red Beach”, 2020. Mariannita Luzzati. Courtesy of the Figueiredo Ferraz Institute.

It is noted in this collection that the human elements related to progress are non-existent in the landscape. “In 2010, during my visit to the State of Espírito Santo, especially to the cities of Vitória and Vila Velha, I began to feel the need to 'remove', in my notes of drawings and studies for the paintings, the urban elements that for me 'disturbed' the landscapes, so that they would return to their natural state, without any interference from man”, stated once. “These are images that suggest to the viewer to contemplate and reflect on the void and silence, which today, for me, is our greatest need”. Luzzati reinforces the last statement by recalling that “the pandemic made us look inside ourselves. We had to reevaluate our priorities and it made us think about the brevity of life.”

Besides Possible Landscapes, the IFF is hosting two more shows at this time: the temporary I photograph what I don't see and long-term In blank. The three exhibitions were opened in celebration of the institution's ten-year anniversary. The IFF houses more than 1.000 works from the Figueiredo Ferraz couple's collection and, since its creation, in October 2011, it has already received more than 50 visitors in the exhibitions, courses and educational projects it promotes in the region.

 

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