Luigi Vanzan is a figurative painter who focuses on the human body. As a printmaker he works mainly with linocuts. He was born in Padua, Italy. He gained a BA in fine art painting at the Central School of Art and Design and an MA in visual theory at East London University.
He taught life drawing at John Cass School of Art and worked on mural painting projects for the Royal London Hospital and David Bratby.
He works at the Lewisham Arthouse
where he also leads a portrait workshop.
He has exhibited at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery, Royal Festival Hall,the Royal Academy and other venues in the UK and Italy.
The focus of his work shifts between native Italy and the UK. He always carries sketchbook so is constantly drawing. Sometimes these sketches are brought together into compositions using geometrical frameworks and become the basis for paintings and prints. Drawing allows him to engage in an intimate relationship with the subject and is a means to get a grip on reality, to connect with the other, to feed, to keep going, to move forward, to protect oneself against nothingness.
He also has an interest in art theory, in particular how meaning can be ascribed to a painting and its relationship to the intention of the artist.
Important influences on his work are David Graham, Degas, Balthus, Sickert, Roy Willingham, Richard Wollheim, metaphysics, Ingres, Sabicas, Peter Saunders, Arthur C Danto, Umberto Eco, Rothko, Kimon Nicolaides, Morandi, Rembrandt, geometry, Wittgenstein, ambient music, Botticelli, fountain pens, Vermeer, Utamaro, George Orwell, Italian Neorealism.
This site shows a selection of artwork over a period of time, the surviving part of his MA thesis on the meaning in painting practiced as a form of art, and a selection of work acquired.