(Italian, 1960- )
Born in Campobasso (Molise, Italy), Lanzillota spent his childhood and teen years in Santa Agata (between Módena and Bologna) moving later to Rávena and eventually settling in Spain. He was greatly influenced by the landscape of his home and of his adopted country, infusing his works with the sense of thick fog and diffused light he fondly remembered from his childhood.
The semi-translucent quality of his surfaces account for the seductive and calming nature of his paintings. His detailed, patient, meticulous work, obsessive to the point of exhaustion, is achieved by eliminating any sign of brushstrokes, smoothing out the pictorial matter and polishing the surface itself until he reaches that "early Italian" patina, superimposing successive and subtle layers of paint until he reaches the desired effect.
2014. Original oil on linen. 39 1/2 x 39 1/2".