Professor Luigi Sansone
Art Historian and Critic
Born in Rome, Prof. Sansone studied Comparative Literature at New York University. In 1981, following his marriage to the daughter of acclaimed painter Gianfilippo Usellini, he moved to Milan.
Prof. Sansone is an internationally recognized art expert, art historian and member of the scientific board of the M.A.X. Museum, curator of the Stelline Foundation, author of numerous books and catalogues on famous artists like Umberto Boccioni, Salvatore Scarpitta, Gillo Dorfles, Attilio Alfieri, Angelo Savelli and more.
He is the curator of numerous modern and contemporary art exhibits in Italy and abroad including: PAC, Pavilion of Contemporary Art in Milan, the former Municipal Museum for Contemporary Art in Palazzo Reale (CIMAC) in Milan, the Museo del Novecente Arengario in Milan and many more.
From 2006 to 2007 he served as the Artistic Director of the Palazzo della Permanente. Prof. Sansone is currently working with the city of Milan to create an archive for the futurism museum.
Vago Valentino’s pictures are part of the culmination of America’s “Abstract Expressionism” and are intellectually akin to the masterpieces of Mark Rothko, Theodoros Stamos and the other great masters of the “The New York School”.
His works from the 70s to present, be they on canvas, paper, in churches or in public spaces, in Italy or abroad, create a delicate, abstract image in both expression and colour. One in which the actual theme seems to disappear into thin air.
His compositions play with light and colour values from light blue to white, pink to yellow, finally igniting into warm red tones. These works engender tranquil landscapes from the heart; they divulge the deepest regions of the subconscious; they embody a voice which vibrates with expression, colour and painterly gesture; their vibrant atmosphere resounds in harmonious cosmic music.
The various hues of colours, which Vago masterfully applies and permeates with metaphysical atmosphere in his lyrical works, occupy the other end of today’s art spectrum. The one oriented towards physicality, provocation and novelty at all costs, even at the expense of reflection and emotion. In his paper works in various sizes, tempera paint is an infallible means of communication for revealing the existence of suspense and momentum.