Luciana Penna was born in Milan but soon moved to Turin, she completed her artistic studies on a self-taught basis. She is a sculptor and painter, during her career she has experimented with the use of various materials and various painting techniques.
Luciana Penna during her exhibition “Crimini e Magie”, Turin, 2015
She took her first steps in the world of art in the early seventies by attending the abstract-surrealist environment in Turin. Her artworks require meticulous work standing poised between abstraction and reinvented figuration. Going through very precise but synthetic geometries, among which the circle stands out, she deals with recurring themes such as the female universe, architectural constructions and science. She prefers relief, cut and three-dimensionality in painting as well. She works with small and large subjects, some of her works became important public works.
Her work “Magnetic Energy” (bas-relief in embossed aluminium sheet with painted areas, on wooden panel and wire inserts) was selected, as one of the 13 finalist works of the eighth edition of the COMEL “Aluminium Bonds” Award, by the expert jury (Giorgio Agnisola, art critic and writer, professor of sacred art at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy and president of the jury; Elena Pontiggia, art critic, professor of Contemporary Art History at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts; Marcello Francolini art critic, independent curator Professor of Contemporary Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts of Reggio Calabria; Vincenzo Lieto, curator and artistic director of the Pinacoteca di Gaeta (LT); the entrepreneur and manager Maria Gabriella Mazzola owner with her family of CO.ME .L., The only company promoter and sponsor of the COMEL award) and is one of the 13 finalist works of the eighth edition of the COMEL “Aluminum Bonds” Award.