To say a lot without truly saying anything – this could be the motto of Daniele Pioggi. The Italian artist with over three decades of experience in the field relishes in the abstraction of art.
Daniele Pioggi was born in the small village of La Macchia in Toscana, Italy. The pristine village was located in the abode of nature; seemingly untouched by the outside world where time seemed to have stopped. Growing up in such a place, Pioggi was raised to appreciate the intricacies of natural beauty. He grew up to closely observe the elements of nature – fire, water, air, earth, and energy. This close relationship with nature and the elements would play a vital role in his artistic life.
Daniele Pioggi first ventured into arts in 1990 when he started learning about pencil and charcoal sketches. In 1994, after a chance meeting with a Swiss artist who was also a student, Pioggi turned to colors and how to use them in creating a message. Over the next few years, he continued his journey of learning and studying art in its many forms.
Most of Daniele Pioggi’s early works went unrecognized, but he continued to persevere. It was in 2007 when he started making a splash in the Italian art world.
Pioggi got his first public laurel when he stood 2nd in the abstract section at the Città di Riparbella competition. He got his first collective exhibition at the TRIO exhibition in Arcidosso, Grosetta. In 2014, Daniele Pioggi got his solo exhibition at the LIFE Café in Follonico, Grossetta. Over the next few years, he featured in various solo and collective exhibitions, including Abbey of San Galgano (2015), CAD, Genova (2017), Rocco Paolina Perugia (2017), I’ELITE Art Selection (2018), Artists of the SGARBI Collection (2018) and featured in the Artists Catalog of 2020. He also won the City of Palermo award in 2018 and the City of Berlin award in 2021.
Thoughts on Art
For Daniele Pioggi, art is a continuous learning curve. Even after 3 decades in the field, he still believes in learning and improving his craft. Pioggi is equally adept in both sketches as well as color paintings. Spatulas and gold leaves are the trademark styles of his artistic works. Since moving to wooden boards, Pioggie has not looked back.
Daniele Pioggi views art as an expression of something that cannot be explained in words. Instead of imitating real-world objects, or creating fantastical imaginary landscapes, he prefers living in the abstract. This abstract style of art allows him to channel his spiritual energies into something concrete.
Daniele Pioggi is in news with two of his latest works. The Colorist (2022) is a saga of colors that convey a story of their own. In almost a metaphysical sense, the splash of a multitude of colors seems to take the audience on a journey of spiritual awakening. Pioggi took inspiration from the Greek mythology of Athena, as well as East Asian folklore. There is no conceivable form or object in the painting; it is an abstract work that can take any form and meaning that the viewer desires. Rightly described as “the way of the zen” by Pioggi, the painting is nothing short of an experience for its patrons.
Rebirth – Orange Impulse (2022) by Daniele Pioggi speaks of rise and triumph. It features a similar sea of colors like in The Colorist, but with a theme of orange tearing through the chaos and shining bright. The chaos of the sea of colors sits against the order of a single color; the idea, for Pioggi, originated from the concept of yin and yang. The artist was also deeply inspired by the Christian tale of the rise of Christ. The painting, while largely abstract, is filled with Christian symbolism that speaks of the rebirth of the Messiah and the salvation he brings along.