Born in Rosignano Marittimo (Livorno, Italy) September 6, 1970
Knight of "Merit of the Italian Republic" (Decree of the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, June 2, 2010)
Commander “ Pro Merito Melitensi “ of the Order of Malta (Order of St. John) June 2013
54 National Literary Prize Pisa: Special Prize "Renato Buoncristiani" for Artistic Merit
Admitted to the Italian and European artists - Rome 2005 National Union of Writers and Artists - Italian Union of Writers and Artists Europeans
STUDIES AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING:
Art School "Institute I Liceo Artistico Statale” (Roma, Italy) Academy of Fine Arts (Florence. Italy) Academic degree in drawing and oil painting: ANGEL ACADEMY OF ART (Florence / Toronto / Chicago / New York). Maestro Michael John Angel Degree in fresco painting: Maestro Silvestro Pistolesi (Florence) After graduating from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Maestro Luca Battini studied traditional techniques (fresco, drawing, oil painting and egg tempera) with masters from Italy and United States, pupils of Maestro Pietro Annigoni.
MAIN PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
2002: Collaboration in the fresco in the Church of the Transfiguration Cape Code - Boston (USA) and to the cloister of the Benedictine Abbey of Vallombrosa, (Italy) large panels with Maestro Pistolesi 2002: Decorated corner spandrels for the Dome of the Cellar of Wine Company Mastro Berardino -Av. (Italy) 2003: Large-scale high decorations in tempera at Villa Serena - Los Altos Hills - San Francisco (USA) 2005: National Portrait Gallery Awards 2005 London (UK) 2006: Master Instructor for the courses for professionals American Artists, the State of California, the nineteenth century Italian painting techniques at the headquarters of the Santa Fe Trails Art Gallery - Modesto / Sacramento California (USA) 2007: Portrait of the Archbishop of Pisa, Alessandro Plotti 2008: Portrait of Fra 'Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of the Order of S. John, in the pose of the frescoes of San Ranieri in the Church of San Vito - Pisa 2009: Creation of large dome decorative for Sir. Stanley Thomas – Wales - in collaboration with Azimut Benetti Shipyards 2009: Portrait of Prof. Whole Soynka, Nobel Prize Literature and Drama '86, in the pose of the frescoes of San Ranieri in the Church of San Vito - Pisa 2009: Official Portrait of Frà Matthew Festing , Prince and Grand Master of the Order of S. John. - Rome 2009: Training Course for the fresco-on-wall technique at Pisa School Construction 2007 – present: Great cycle of frescoes – Mt. 20 x 11 - for the historical church of San Vito and Ranieri (1051 AD) in Pisa, on the life of the patron saint, St. Ranieri 2010: Official portrait of the Rector of the University of Pisa, Prof. Marco Pasquali 2011: Portrait of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Sponsored by the Prefecture of the Papal Household and personally presented by the artist. 2012: Creation of a bust in bronze reliquary of the Blessed Gerardo de Saxo made for Sovereign Military Order of Malta – Delegation of Pisa 2013: Creation of a huge altarpiece depicting the resurrection of Christ. Private chapel – Pisa. June 2013: Portrait of the Grand Prior of S.M.O. M. Frà Giacomo Della Torre di Sanguinetto - Roma August 2013: Presentation at the 9th International Conference of Chemistry Restoration at Uppsala - SW -, the ongoing experimentation on research on the use of Persistent Luminescent Pigments in works of art, in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Pisa 2015: Creation of a new reliquary bust of the Blessed Gerardo De Saxo, made for the Municipality of Scala (SA)
2002 – 2015 MAIN COLLABORATIONS WITH THE FOLLOWING ART GALLERIES AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS: Corarte Galleria – Roma - Italy Atelier Galleria – Forte dei Marmi (LU) Italy Santa Fè Trails Art Gallery – Modesto – CA. (U.S.A.) I Dioscuri Galleria – Roma – Rieti (Italy) Belgravia Gallery – Mayfair, Londra (U.K.) Bell'Arte - Association for the Promotion of Art and Culture - Maiori - Amalfi Coast (Italy) Gli Amici dei Musei e Monumenti Pisani (Pisa’s friends of Monuments and Museums) – Cultural Association (Italy) FIDAM – Italian Federation of Monuments and Museums Friends SCIBEC - Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Pisa CUBEC – European University Center for Cultural Heritage
From 2002 permanent solo exhibition to Villa Antea, Historic House in Florence February 20 – March 3, 2010: Solo exhibition of the preparatory drawings for frescoes in honor of San Ranieri at the Chorus of the Nuns of the Church of San Domenico - Pisa: "The Face of Faith in History: St. Ranieri of Pisa (1118 - 1161)" May 29 - June 6, 2010: Solo exhibition of the preparatory drawings for frescoes in honor of San Ranieri at the House of the Knights of Rhodes and of Malta, Palazzo del Grillo, Rome: "The Face of Faith in History: San Ranieri Pisa (1118 - 1161)" Presentation of the official portrait of Fra 'Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of SMOM – Rome September 9 - October 10, 2010: "Luca Battini: The Secrets of the Ancient Painting" – solo exhibition of the preparatory cardboards of the fresco in honor of St. Ranieri at the Republican Arsenals in Amalfi, guest of the town of Amalfi. Org. Bell’Arte. July 1, 2011: Celebration of the first "giornata”; inaugural day of work on the fresco of San Ranieri, in the Church of San Vito, Pisa. 2011 – 2012: Instructor for the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Pisa, for the Master program: "Diagnostic Techniques and Materials for Cultural Heritage” May 14 to 27, 2011: Solo exhibition of paintings and graphics at "The Dioscuri Gallery" – Rieti Italy – Review in catalog by the Director of the National Museum of Palazzo Venezia, Dr. Maria Selene Sconci February 2012: Presentation of a bust in bronze reliquary of the Blessed Gerardo de Saxo made for Sovereign Military Order of Malta – Delegation of Pisa June 2012: Inauguration of the first completed scene – part of a full cycle of eight - in the fresco of St. Ranieri September 2012: Acquisition on the collection, by the Bank BCC Fornacette PISA, of the preparatory cartoon of the St. Ranieri fresco's first scene, depicting the Christ. October 2012: Stage and workshops on the techniques of fresco at the Church of San Vito - Pisa. July - September 2013 : Exhibition at Belgravia Gallery – Mayfair St. London July 13 - August 9, 2013: “Between Dream and Myth”. Arte nel palazzo V° Ed. Maiori (SA) – Palazzo Mezzacapo. – Org. Bell’Arte August 11 to 25, 2014: Arte nel palazzo VI° Ed. Maiori (SA) – Palazzo Mezzacapo. – Org. Bell’Arte 2013 – present: Collaboration on the research on the use of Persistent LuminescentPigments in works of art, with the Department of Chemistry and IndustrialChemistry, University of Pisa. December 19, 2014, Jannuary 6 2015: “Salerno: Luci sull’arte” . II° Ed. Palazzo Fruscione. Org. Bell’Arte. May 1 – June 2, 2015: “The Italian Workshop: from Master to Master”. Exhibition with his Master Silvestro Pisolesi, at Villa Rufolo – Ravello ( SA) Org. Bell’Arte October 2015: Dedication of the reliquary bust of the blessed Gerardo De Saxo at the conference dedicated to him, by the municipality of Scala (SA) with the participation of the European University Centre for Cultural Heritage. November 2015: Acquisition on the collection, by Fondazione Ravello for the Museum of Torre Maggiore di Villa Rufolo, of “Medieval Knight”. Charcoal and gold leaf on paper. March 13 to 18 2016: "The Fresco Workshop in Salerno". Org. Bell'Arte. This lab was part of the School/Work Alternate Initiative. The video below , produced by the students of the High School for the Arts Sabatini Menna in Salerno, Italy , highlights the key steps of the fresco technique following the Medieval and Renaissance tradition, as carried out during the three-day workshop. https://youtu.be/Q9CKv9X1aX0 April 22 2016: " The Fresco Lab in Pisa" . One day fresco lab for the students of the Junior High School Fibonacci in Pisa Italy.
MAIN MEDIA - NATIONAL AND FOREIGN COMMUNICATION - ONLINE
BBC WORLD NEWS 2012: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17351387 PIAUI’ N. 73 2012: http://revistapiaui.estadao.com.br/materia/o-ceu-de-sao-rainerio/ BBC WORLD NEWS 2008: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7558492.stm DAILY TELEGRAPH 2008: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/1989944/Italy-Pisa-painting-features-locals-in-story-of-patron-saint--Ranierus.html THE INDEPENDENT 2008 : http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/preening-powers-of-pisa-line-up-for-fresco-1380539.html THE N.Y.SUN 2008: http://www.nysun.com/foreign/hundreds-to-take-part-in-italys-first-major/76677/ Boat INTERNATIONAL 2008: http://www.boatinternationalmedia.com/xanadu Video presentation showcasing the exhibition at the Republican Arsenals in Amalfi. Posted by BELL’ARTE Cultural Association in January 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pjcCR9nNxo&feature The Fresco Workshop March 2016: https://youtu.be/Q9CKv9X1aX0
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TUSCANY CONTEMPORARY ART - September 2015 BENETTI: Custom 2013 LA NAZIONE - March 21, 2012 IL RESTO DEL CARLINO – MODENA - LA GAZZETTA DI MODENA - December 18, 2010 REPUBBLICA – NAPOLI September 12, 2010 BLU GUIDE TUSCANY - Somerset Books – London, 5th Edition, 2009 YACHT DESIGN - No. 1, 2009 BOAT INTERNATIONAL December 2008 THE WEEK ( U.K.) - May 24 2008 LA NAZIONE – IL GIORNO – IL RESTO DEL CARLINO April 8, 2008 RAI 3 - “Speciale” February 30, 2008 TOSCANA QUI - Quarterly, No. 4, 2008 AVVENIRE – June 21, 2007 MODESTO BEE JOURNAL (CA. USA) - March 8, 2006 FLORIDA DESIGN MAGAZINE (USA) - No. 4, 2005