Leopoldo Innocenti

Born in Florence in 1994, he received his master’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence in pictorial arts.

Engaged in a continuous research and realization of graphic-pictorial works, Innocenti uses drawing as the main expressive element, which originates from graphic works on notebooks that are then transformed into pictorial realizations mainly preserving the black stroke, keeping paper as the main support. This becomes the primary element of expressive research, where layers or pieces torn and glued later participate in the phenomenon of creation-destruction and recomposition of the elaborate.

“My interest related to the phenomena of natural organic generation, has led me to often use the material of paper as the privileged support of my work.  It in fact preserves a vital principle that is awakened of the element of water within which the colored pigment is dissolved. An active interaction thus comes about between the two materials, where the water awakens the vital element of the paper that is expressed in the tension and relaxation of its fibers when wet.” As well, the layering derives from the observation of natural phenomena, which is rendered by gluing pieces of paper onto the surface of the work, or by doing work aimed at obtaining transparencies that allow a glimpse of the underlying layers of paint. Additive layering is alternated with destructive phenomena as well, where the paint surface is worn away with sandpaper, circular grinders, or by intervening in the composition of the color by changing the quantity and quality of the binder so that it comes off more easily from the support.

The paintings begin with the collection and development of various and diverse sources, among which, however, there is an intuitive link. The painting becomes a place and witness to their unfolding journey; an ecosystem that sees their germination, growth, attraction, and repulsion obtained physically through the application of the processes described above until the final work is achieved.

Similar to what happens in front of natural phenomena, in which all attempts at mental appropriation are left aside, we are introduced to the dimension proper to painting as an ‘event.’ In it one surrenders only to a visual enjoyment and total participation with nature that gives the viewer a new perspective detached from the world.

In 2021 he made the poster for “Prata,” a short film that won the Short Cinema Award in Brazil.

Exhibitions include the group show “Neo Skenè – Artist Posters at the Rifredi Theater” at the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence and the solo show “Contaminated Lands,” at La Fonderia Art Gallery.