Ercole Pignatelli was born in Lecce in April 1935. The suggestive embroideries of his grandmother Maria became for him the first works of artistic contemplation, from which he took inspiration to create the floral germination of his colourful paintings. The paintings of the Lecce painter Michele Massari, present in the collection of his grandfather Ercole, were at the bottom of his love for painting. At the age of seven he painted an oil painting in which he reproduced a landscape imagining it: a pond where the trees were reflected. Lecce, never bombed during the war, in the first post-war year was a city of great charm, animated by the arrival of veterans from Albania and Greece. From the terrace of the Ercole house he admired the immense panorama that opened up before his eyes. This place, so particular for the presence
of railings, gates, old fireplaces, reversed statues, stairs and junctions with other terraces, became his centre of discovery and creativity. From 15 to 18 he attended the G. Pellegrino Art Institute, and was a pupil of the sculptor Aldo Calò and the painter Luigi Gabrieli. Together with his friend and companion Bruno Orlandi he took painting lessons from Lino Suppressa, who presented his first works at the Circolo Cittadino in Lecce in 1953. He then moved to Milan, where he became friend of Ugo Mulas,
Piero Manzoni, Salvatore Quasimodo, Giorgio Kaisserlian, Lucio Fontana, Milena Milani, and Carlo Cardazzo, his gallery owner. In Milan he also met the poet and writer Raffaele Carrieri. In 1954 he won the San Fedele Prize for young people, given to him by Carlo Carrà. He received important awards and had a satisfying professional career, both nationally and internationally. His works have been exhibited in Milan, Turin, Rome, Venice, Savona, Rovereto, Prato, Padua, Bari, Lecce, New York, San Francisco, Saint-Paul de Vence, Manneheim, Otaru, European Parliament of Brussels, Palm Beach, Lisbon , Washington, Toledo, Madrid, Mougins, Zurich, Nice, Philadelphia. His works can be found in many private and public collections all over the world.
He participated in the Venice Biennial (La Biennale di Venezia) in 1978 and 2011.


Laura Zeni (1962) is a Milanese artist trained at the Brera Academy, whose creations embrace painting, sculpture, design and jewellery. Her exhibitions include various editions of the Fuori Salone del Mobile including with Jannelli & Volpi and WallPepper, the solo show at Superstudio Più curated by Fortunato D'Amico with the Skira catalogue, the group show at the Fortezza del Priamàr in Savona, the solo at the Milan Triennale curated by Fortunato D'Amico, participation in the Italy- China Biennial at the Mastio of the Citadel of Turin and in the collective exhibition at the Central State Archives of Rome. She has also exhibited her works at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan, at the former Oratory of the Passion of the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio and at the Gallery of Modern Art in Genoa Nervi curated by Fortunato D'Amico and Francesca Giubilei. She participated in a side event curated by Serena Mormino as part of the "Venice Film Festival - La Biennale di Venezia" and in a project on the occasion of Matera Capital of Culture 2019. Her works have become part of important collections, such as that of the Museum of the International Sculpture Park of Portofino.


Giuliano Sangiorgi (1979) is an Italian singer-songwriter and musician, founder of Negramaro (2000), one of the most acclaimed Italian bands. In 2005 he participated with his band in the Sanremo Festival, in the youth category, with the song "Mentre tutto scorre" (While everything flows), and in the same year he curated the soundtrack of the film "La febbre" (The fever) by Alessandro D'Alatri. As an author he wrote "Le parole che non ti ho detto" (The words that I did not say to you) sung by Andrea Bocelli. Among his numerous collaborations are: Rezophonic project (2006), La Notte della Taranta (2007) in Salento, his homeland, where he interpreted songs in the Salento dialect typical of pizzica, Dolores O'Riordan with whom he duetted in 2007 in the song "Senza fiato", song written for the soundtrack of the film "Cemento armed", Jovanotti (album "Safari", 2008), Elisa, Claudio Baglioni, Patty Pravo, Adriano Celentano, Franco Battiato and many others. Several collaborations also in the field of cinema, including the soundtrack of the film "Una notte blu cobalto" (A Cobalt Blue Night) by Daniele Gangemi.

On the occasion of the XIIIth Florence Biennale, he collaborates with Ercole Pignatelli and Laura Zeni for a project that brings together various artistic disciplines, contributing with his unpublished poem: "Nudi".


"Nudi son gli occhi con cui ti guardo.
Li vestirei dei tuoi panni, solo per assomigliarti.
Ma se restan nudi allora, allora non ti somiglio, ti appartengo.
Nudi son gli occhi con cui ti guardo e di niente han bisogno, se non di trovarti nuda,
nuda mentre ti guardo."

Giuliano Sangiorgi
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