Faces & Cities
Opening: 9th of November 2013, 15:00 – 20:00h / 3 – 8 pm
Exhibition ends: 7th of December 2013
de freo gallery Berlin
101 17 Berlin
Luigi Christopher Veggetti Kanku is born in 1979 in Kinshasa, Zaire and is today living and working in Italy.
Christopher’s paintings are intimate, conveying warmth that permeates and pervades both naked faces and busy city streets. With introspective intensity his search takes us to places, which transcends the formal to get to the essence of emotion. He finds inspiration from daily activities and the people around him and he wishes to talk about people: “I want to portray man in his singularity and in his plurality. I want to talk about the loneliness of being together”.
In his classic works he mostly uses oil and acrylic on canvas, and once he has made the work perfect… he ruins them. Ripping, tearing and putting corrosive fluids on the surface all creating an effect as if the paintings have been buried in the attic for decades. Then he get to work again restoring them, trying to revive the memory, exalting the present and making it past again.
It is in 2002, when he starts his first important collaboration with art galleries which invested in his young talent his success is a fact. Since then he has participated in several solo and group exhibitions and art fairs, winning recognition and numerous awards, including the first prize at the Seventh Edition of the Prize Ghiggini Arte of young painting and sculpture 2008 and second prize at International Caterina de Medici in Florence in 2009. His art has evoked attention and been presented in major Italian magazines such as Arte Mondadori and Flash Art.