Michele Del Campo

June, 14 - July, 27, 2017

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The decision
Oil on canvas. 120 x 160 cm. 2017
The decision The pier The kiss Close friends The journey The doubt Floating roses The exchange The skater The father The records The painting

Michele del Campo’s exhibition in Lima features a group of sixteen medium- and large-sized works done in oil on canvas. Michele Del Campo was raised in San Nicandro Garganico, a small town in rural southern Italy. When he was 18, he moved to Milan, Italy, where he began his fine arts studies, after which he studied in Falmouth, UK; Dundee, UK; and Madrid, Spain. In 2008, he moved to London, and in 2016 to Glasgow, UK, where he now lives and works. He has a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain, 2007) and a degree in Illustration and Printmaking from the University of Dundee (UK, 2001). Including this show, Del Campo has had 14 solo exhibitions in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Peru, and group exhibitions around Europe, the United States, and Asia, and has won many art prizes, including the 35,000-Euro Premio BMW in 2006, given out by Queen Sofía of Spain. In Mentes errantes (Wandering Minds), his series in progress, he offers a striking expression of the individual’s isolation, solitude, and sense of loss. “Michele Del Campo’s images are like a camera zoom, showing us close-ups of young women, sometimes alone, other times with friends or lovers. They represent a search for expression focused on the most complicated moments in life. (…) Many of the works in Mentes errantes are large in scale. These express a more positive state of mind; not necessarily serene, but more pensive. They deal with contradictory human relationships, the emotional tug-of-wars that occur between friends and lovers. (…) Del Campo works quickly to construct an image, imbued with great emotion through contrasting colors. (…) ‘I can create an image just as I want it to be: trimming, moving, selecting the size and proportions,’ he says. But what is the story? The obstacles, generally impossible to surmount, that people face when they are prevented from reuniting with their loved ones due to immigration restrictions. (…) There can be no doubt that he is a chronicler of our alienated and global modern times, excavating among the depths of our consciousness. He has succeeded in leaving behind the twilight of the dark tunnels and the mountainous landfills. The tensions can now be resolved. We can move forward. Life can be celebrated.” Corinna Lotz, London, June 2017 The show Mentes errantes by Michele del Campo can be visited at Galería ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO through July 27, from Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.