Davide Luciano is a conceptual and fine-art photographer and filmmaker based in NYC; He creates large-scale photographic prints that are cinematic in scope and compelling in content. Every photograph is cast and staged meticulously, adding to the intriguing narrative and sense of satire that surrounds these stunning photographs. The work is detailed and vibrant with amazing surrealist qualities which are never photoshopped.
Luciano’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Canada and the United States in cities such as New York, Toronto, Montréal, Washington and Kentucky. He has won numerous awards, including an award of excellence from Megan Fontanella, curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. His work has been featured in countless international publications including Vanity Fair, Zoom, Kurv Australia, Le Monde and The Telegraph and has made the cover of national newspapers.
2012 Sheep Nation & Potholes, Smile Design Gallery, NYC, Dec 2012
2012 Sheep Nation, Pentimento Fine Art Gallery, Toronto Ontario, May 3- June 3
2011 Potholes, Galerie D’Avignon, 88 Rue Laurier, Montréal Québec, Sept 8 - 22
Potholes, Make Art Public, various public advertising venues located across Canada
2010 Potholes, Pentimento Fine Art Gallery, Toronto Ontario, June 3 - August 8
Potholes, Soho Photo Gallery, New York NY, February 2-27 2009
Potholes, Yellow Fish Art Gallery, Montreal Quebec, October
Selected group exhibitions
2012 Potholes, Zoom Media, various public advertising venues located across Canada
Potholes, Art Souterrain, Montreal Québec, February 26 - March 13
2011 Potholes, First Canadian Place (FCP Summer Salon 5), Toronto Ontario, July - August
2010 Potholes, Foto Week Festival, Washington DC, November 3-1
Potholes, Agora Gallery, New York NY, August 17- September 7
Potholes, Yeiser Art Center, Kentucky IL, June 19- July 24
Potholes, F-STOP Magazine, Online exhibit, April 1-30
FILMOGRAPHY, SHORT FILMS
2009 Dirty Pig, short drama/horror, color, 01:05 minutes. Surrealist short exposing a role reversal of animal cruelty. Screened by PETA.
2008 Hopscotch, short drama, silent, black & white, 01:04 minutes. The last moments of an elderly woman’s life when she revisits a final memory of herself playing hopscotch as a child.
2006 Honey, short drama, color, 05:47 minute. An insight on the lives of three women victims of different forms of abuse by their fathers.
2005 School'd, short documentary, color, 10:12 minutes. Inspirational story about a group inner- city teens in Toronto
2004 Elvis Italiano, short documentary, color, 08:25 minutes. A glimpse in the life of an Elvis impersonator living in Montréal.
2003 Milk, short drama, color 06:27 minutes.An insight on the lives of three boys being victim of different forms of abuse by their mothers.
FILM FESTIVALS SCREENINGS
2008 Milk - Screened, New Filmmaker Festival, New York, NY
2003 Milk - Screened, Montreal World Film Festival, Montréal, Quebec
Milk - Screened, Toronto Italian Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
AWARDS & HONORS
2010 Award of Excellence, Solomon Guggenheim Museum by Ms. Megan Fontanella, NYC
Award of Excellence, Photographer’s Forum Magazine
Winner - Fine Art competition - The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, NYC
Finalist - Photography competition - Palm Springs Photo Festival
Finalist - Photography competition - Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography 2010
2009 Winner - Photography competition - MAP (Mouvement Art Public / Make Art Public), Montreal
2003 Winner - Best director, Milk - Toronto Film School
SELECTED PRESS / EXHIBITION REVIEW
Huffington Post Arts & Culture "Davide Luciano Turns Potholes Into Epic Street Art". Jan 17, 2013
BBC (Brazil) "Casal de fotógrafos recria cenas do cotidiano em buracos de rua", Jan 15, 2013
Metro (UK) "Artist transforms potholes into street art after crashing into one", Jan 13, 2013
Daily News (UK) "Pothole photographer transforms eyesores into works of art", Jan 13, 2013
Huffington Post (UK) "Photographer Davide Luciano creates a Sheep Nation", Jun 13, 2012
Montreal Mirror (cover story) , Stephanie Laleggia, “Street Scenes”, Feb 23, 2012
Ksta (Germany), Judith Kessler, “Liebesaffäre mit Schlaglöchern (Love affair with Potholes)”, Jan 23, 2011. The Telegraph (UK), “Potholes turned into artwork”, Jan. 11, 2011.
Herald Sun (Australia), “Two artists from Montreal have transformed bland potholes into eye-catching masterpieces.” December, 17 2010.
The Globe and Mail, Leah McLaren, “Guerrilla gardening”, Apr. 30, 2010.
The Independent (UK),Matilda Battersby, “Genius or vandalism? The guerrilla artists subverting our streets” , April 27 2010.
Journal de Montreal, Sophie Durocher, “Les nids-de-poule : des oeuvres d’art ?”, April 7, 2010.
Ruhr Nachrichten (Germany), Von Karin von Cieminski,“Künstlerpaar macht aus Schlaglöchern Kunst (Artist Couple makes potholes art)” April 2, 2010.
National Post, Ben Kaplan, “Montreal artists' exhibit comes to T.O.” May 21, 2010.
The Globe and Mail, R.M. Vaughan, “Davide Luciano & Claudia Ficca” May 5, 2010.
NBC New York, Courtney Humiston “Pothole Becomes Portal to Wonderland", March, 8 2010.
La Opinion (Los Angeles), Isaías Alvarado, “Los baches de Los Ángeles hacen reír” Dec, 29 2009.
LA Daily News, Dana Bartholomew, “Art imitates L.A. for NYC gallery USA”, Dec. 23, 2009.
La Repubblica, Benedetta Perilli, “Buche o pozzanghere, ogni clic è un'opera (Holes and puddles, each photo a work of art)” Dec, 21 2009.
LA Weekly, “Pothole Artists Find A Massive Canvas In L.A” December 18, 2009.
National Post, Irwin Block, “Celebrating the crater downtown area”, November, 25 2009.
NBC New York, Courtney Humiston, “Consider the Pothole”, Nov. 3 2009.
Toronto Star, Andrew Chung, “Artists happily stuck in a rut”, October 7, 2009.
24heures, Montréal, Jean-Marc Gilbert, “Un nid de poule ou une cuve a raisins?” Oct 6, 2009.
The Gazette, Irwing Block, “When life gives you potholes...”, October 6 2009.
Voir, Aurore Lehman, “Des p’tit trous” Oct. 8, 2009.
Art Nouveau Magazine,“following the herd.”, April 2012
Gloss Mag (Brazil)
Zoom Magazine (Italy), issue 006. International publication dedicated to the full spectrum of the photographic image. Davide Luciano p. 84 - 89. March 2012
Vanity Fair (Italia), Alessandra D’Angiò, “Buche D’artista” (Artist’s potholes), June 2011
PARK [art magazine] (Portugal), “Interview with Pothole Artists”, March 2011
SegdDESING, vol.3, February 2011, “Montreal Inside Out, Turning potholes into art” p.34
Débrouillards- DébrouillART 2010, September 2010, “Inspiration routiere” p.5
Kurv Magazine, Australia, April 2010, 6 pages interview and photos
Positive Magazine, USA, January 2010
Panoram Magazine, Laura Casella, “A Pothles of Art”, March 2010, p.53
Choc Magazine (France), “Macadam Artistique”, March 2010 p.16-17
View Magazine, Andrea Zernial, “Aktion Schone Strasse (Beautiful Street Action)” (Germany), February 2010 p.52-55
Au.tv.yahoo, "Sunrise" Eyesores turned into art. Jan 16, 2013
Radio Canada, “Infoman, Nid de poule”, Oct. 7, 2009
CTV News,”Posing with Potholes” Canada, March 2010
Channel 4 (UK), “Shameless streets: potholes in Wonderland“, March 13, 2010
CBS2, USA, December 2009
Global National, “Pothole Art”, October 7 2009
CBC, Daybreak North, March 12 2012
CJAD, Montréal, March 2010
94.7FM Rock détente,”Oeuvres d'art et nids-de-poules font bon ménage!” April 12, 2010
4FM, Ireland, February 2010
Mancow Muller, USA, Nov 23, 2009
CBC Radio one, Canada, October 2009
Photoshop Certificate, Dawson College, Montréal Québec. 2009
Photography, Dawson College, Montréal Québec. 2008
Toronto Film School, Certificate Film Directing- Toronto, Ontario. 2003
Dawson College , Creative Arts. 1999