Lithian Ricci

Lithian Ricci was born in Rome in 1958, where she earned her degree in Architecture. At the end of the 70's she moved to London and attended the Heatherley School of Fine Arts and the Architectural Association School. She worked as an architect until she moved to Milan in 1984 starting her artistic career.

In 2011 she participated in the 54th Venice Biennale for the Lazio Region and exhibited at the Tokyo International Forum, the Kyoto Takashimaya and the Isetan Tokyo Museum, in Japan. In 2013, preparing an exhibition for the Istanbul Biennial, she started actively working in the Turkish art scene. She has done several solo and group exhibitions globally. Among important ones, in 1996, ithe XII National Quadrennial Art Exhibition in Rome and in 1999 and in 2008 exhibitions at the Vittoriano Complex in Rome , in 2007 the “Italian Painting exhibition, 1960-2007” held at the Palazzo Reale in Milan,  in 2005 -2009 several exhibitions in London at different galleries and institutions, in 2019 the group exhibition “Angel” at the St. Antoine Church of Istanbul, should be mentioned.
She is present in important collections; like St. Regis Grand (the historic Grand Hotel in Rome) and  Bulgari SpA.

Currently she lives and works between Milan, Rome, Venice and Balat, Istanbul.

Edward Lucie Smith , Art critic  : “Lithian Ricci paints to create narratives . Her paintings offer an entrance into a very personal world of fantasy. They bring together apparently opposed characteristics. They are airily fanciful and romantic but often , at the same time ironic. They mingle imagery taken from holy books with things from traditional fairy tales but also from natural history films. One might call her works as “ carnavalesque”; they bring together elements that seem incongruous, in a festive, light hearted way . Lithian’s works are a product of sophisticated sensibility, deeply sensed in the art of the past but not the prisoner of the  earliest ways of doing things “

Maria Theresa Benedetti, Art historian : “Through her work , Lithian guides us to explain the dreams and the urges of the unconscious mind ““Freedom to choose with eccentricity and creativity, capacity to revise impulses born from emotional and cultural experiences , and to transform fear and anxiety into energy. ““Tales filled with mystery, animated by figures whose improbability attracts and alarms ; eye opening fables where humans and animals boldly climb over the surface, and become allegories of an adventure described in the deep “

 


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