Luca Tripaldi: A Gothic View

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The Gothic and Baroque strand in contemporary ceramics is finding several prominent exponents in the international arena, each characterized by personal tastes and styles writes Ilaria Ruggiero.

One of these is certainly Luca Tripaldi, who combines his intense activity as a sculptor and teacher, with continuous research and technical experimentation that is often directed into jewellery.

In the past he worked for many years at Mario Audello in Turin as sculptor, making masks and special effects for many opera houses like “Scala di Milano” and “Arena di Verona”, etc.

Attention to scenography, detail, theatricality and narrative components are all easily traceable elements in his production as well as the use of graphics printed with the decal technique, inspired by the theme that he personally re-elaborated of Adam and Eve, designed by him.

Luca associates minimalist and clean forms with a baroque and decorative style, which can be found above all in his sculptures, characterized by Gothic and conceptual subjects.

The theme of death and existence, in a philosophical and Shakespearian key, returns in its production, for example in the symbol of the skull, and well represents that romantic strand of theatre that opened to modernity.

His production always presents the will to subvert delicately, by using two principles: the classic one of the elegance and purity of the porcelain, however played down by the decoration and by the gothic, romantic, breaking design.

He plays with the classic and the romantic, turning them upside down and mixing them together.

Luca Tripaldi was born in Turin, Italy, where he currently lives and has his studio. After training in graphic design he worked for ten years in Mario Audello Studios in Turin as sculptor, making masks and special effects for many opera houses like “Scala di Milano” and “Arena di Verona”, etc.

In 1998 he opened his own ceramics workshop in Turin.

He works with porcelain preferring unglazed surfaces and ceramic transfers techinques. In 2011 Luca blended his experiences together, in the creation of porcelain jewelry and his typical gothic-baroque sculptures.

The most part of his jewels are in black or white porcelain, decorated with ceramic transfers drawn by himself, about his own personal interpretation of the theme “Adam and Eva”. His works evoke creativity and attention to detail, similar to that which is typical of costume design in theatres.  He conducts intensive activities as instructor through the many workshops he holds throughout Europe and the United States.

About the Contributing Writer

Ilaria Ruggiero is a cultural manager and curator working in the field of contemporary art. She is the founder of Adornment - Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry, a curatorial integrated project dedicated to contemporary art jewelry. It aims to develop the knowledge and consciousness of contemporary jewelry as artistic discipline and as ground search for technique, aesthetics, and philosophy.


Ilaria Ruggiero


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