I asked Luigi Perotti who combines marble and precious stone in his stunning mosaics, to write about himself and his work:
I come from three generations of sculptors; in my family we have always been fascinated by marble. Everything began with my grandfather who was a sculptor and opened his art workshop in 1918. He infused in his children and grandchildren a passion for sculpture also. I attended art school and the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. I was born a sculptor although hidden in me was a passion for mosaic; from an early age I was fascinated by the beauty of the colour of the marble in its infinite nuances. I try to tame the marble; every type has its own characteristic, and to shape it the way I want is difficult. I like to call my mosaics “Stone Paintings”, echoing the Roman tradition of a lively and direct mosaic, cutting and shaping the tiles one by one from sheets or blocks of marble. I like to give movement to my works, playing with colour and the forms I have chosen to represent. The addition of precious stones helps to bridge the lack of certain nuances in marble, giving even more depth to the impact of the final work. Using glazes I can exercise my passion for marble and natural materials while keeping an infinite range of colours for my work.
In my paintings I try to instil a message of serenity in a landscape or the expressive power of a person’s portrait. I love to portray female characters, I find the woman the most beautiful and fascinating element of nature, with many shades both in character and in the beauty is in the power of love and with a complex and intriguing soul. I was always struck by the paintings of the Impressionist masters, especially the genius of the painter Klimt, and I always try to give my mosaics personal research, so I get “out of the box” with my relief mosaics, as if they were sculptures that seek to entice the viewer to enter the represented scene. I always try to change and refine my technique, experimenting with many natural materials, such as in my lamps using light marble, extolling its translucence as part of its beauty. At the marble quarries I find it stimulating for creativity to choose the piece with the most suitable colour, or discover new materials that the current market offers. I’m happy when I compose my works, as if it were a medicine, sharing my passion for art.
I hope you have enjoyed the article and photographs, if you have a question for Luigi, you can log in and comment here, or find Luigi on Facebook. His website is at the following link: http://perottimosaici.altervista.org/Indice.html
The mosaic used as the feature image (top) is entitled ‘Antichi Libri’
Keep on mosaicing!
Janet and John Adey
Mosaic supplies Ltd