Mario Loprete

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Angel Concrete Sculpture

Artist Description

I created this sculpture using as a model my first toy that was given to me by my parents when I was a baby. An angel who accompanied me in life, helping me in difficulties and guiding me towards God. He stayed by her side and helped me face the most complex and difficult moments.

Artist Statement:

My name is Mario Loprete. I’m an Italian artist.

Painting for me is my first love. An important, pure love. Creating a painting, starting from the spasmodic research of a concept with which I want to send a message to transmit my message, it’s the base of my painting. The sculpture is my lover, my artistic betrayal to the painting. That voluptuous and sensual lover that gives me different emotions, that touches prohibited cords…

In the last years, I worked exclusively on my concrete sculptures.

For my concrete sculptures I use my personal clothing. Throughout some artistical process, in which I use plaster, resin and cement, I transform them into artworks to hang. My memory, my DNA, my memories remain concreted inside, transforming the person that looks at the artworks into a type of post-modern archeologist that studies my work as they were urban artifacts.

I like to think that those who look at my sculptures created in 2020 will be able to perceive the anguish, the vulnerability, the fear that each of us has felt in front of a planetary problem that was Covid-19… under a layer of cement there are my clothes with which I lived this nefarious period. Clothes that survived Covid-19, very similar to what survived after the 2,000-year-old catastrophic eruption of Pompeii, capable of recounting man’s inability to face the tragedy of broken lives and destroyed economies.

In the last five years about 400 international magazines have written about my work, turning on the spotlight on my art project, attracting the attention of important galleries and collectors. All articles are published on my account facebook

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