Andrea Zucchi, Tre giovani maiko, 2011

3.690,00  incl. VAT


  • Year Of Creation: 2011
  • Ballpoint Pen On Parchment Paper
  • 50 x 70 cm
  • Unframed
  • Certificate Of Authenticity
  • Delivery: 14 days for Germany and EU Countries. 20 days for non-EU Countries
  • Item Number: AQ 489

The Artwork

Cycle "Geishas, Pyramiden & Maharajas"

The cycle "Geishas, Pyramids & Maharaja" by Andrea Zucchi presents a series of works in which the artist translates 800 old photographs from the 19th and 20th century into drawings and turns the black and white originals into an eccentric chromaticism. The cycle is a tribute to the great invention of 1938, the indispensable writing aid of today, of which more than 100 billion pieces have been sold: the ballpoint pen.
In this series of drawings Zucchi re-interprets with a blue ballpoint pen on parchment paper three exotic themes: the subtle grace of the Japanese geishas, the mystery of the pyramids of Egypt, and the lush splendor of the Indian Maharaja.

"After selecting a photograph, Zucchi traces it using a Bic ballpoint pen, strictly blue. This is a technique that was used by such artists as Alighiero Boetti and Jan Fabre. Through a more analytic process of drawing [...] he obtains a new image copied from the photograph. This drawing becomes the “pattern” for creating a painting by altering the ghost - the ever phantasmal character of the old photographs whose linear features are preserved in the graphic image ..."

Sergio Risaliti, Fondazione Stelline, Milan

The Artist


born 1964 in Milan, Italy

Milanese artist Andrea Zucchi is one of the most exciting italian artists working today. Critically acclaimed, the painter is known for his representation of the “New Italian Figuration” in Western art. Conversant with a wide typology of styles, subjects, and techniques, from abstraction to realism Zucchi synthesizes different traditions and genres in his work while seeking to counter stereotypical depictions of Photo-Realism.

As Zucchi himself explained, his artistic quest is quite unique. Inspired by Titian, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Manet, Degas and through the deepened observations and researches of Egyptian and Etruscan art, he tries to find the deeper meaning of an image, a memory or a thought, by relating it or connecting it in one way or another „with something else, another reproduction, a memory, a thought, resuscitate it in painting, enliven it with color, delimit its metaphysical limits with geometrical marks and fields“ (Sergio Risaliti, Foundation Stelline, Milan). Based on these connections, he manages to bring fascinating fantasy worlds to life in a work of art and to create scenes conveying obscure and macabre narratives.

Zucchi is known for his complex paintings, which thematically explore the meeting point between creative labour, consciousness, art history, consumer culture, and nature.

Zucchis Kunstwerke wurden in verschiedenen international renommierten Museen und Stiftungen ausgestellt wie: PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Palazzo Reale Museo della Permanente “ (Mailand), MART – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, (Rovereto, Trento), Museo di Cento (Ferrara), Hubei Museum of Art (Wuhan, China).

Back in 2008 Andrea Zucchi had a solo exhibition at the Foundation "Durini“ and in 2013 at the Foundation "Stelline“, both in Milan and among the most important art foundations in Italy. In 2015 his work was exhibited at the prominent Foundarion "Sandretto Re Rebaudengo“ in Turin: Praestigium - Contemporary Artists from Italy“. His work has been featured in the most important Biennials, including Venice Biennale (56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 2015), where he took part in 2015 with the exhibition „Origins of Civilization“.

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