CK Contemporary

Gianluca Franzese

This collection reflects my belief that beauty is a process that happens over time, with a focus on underlying patterns and geometries found in nature. The metallic elements in the pieces are sensitive to the temperature of the environment, expressing a particular temperament based on context. This variable response means that the work is always unique to the time and place in which it is viewed.

(Italian, born 1976)

Gianluca Franzese is an Italian-born, American artist who has lived and worked in San Francisco over the past 20 years. The son of a jewelry maker and a pupil of the old masters of Italian art, he started painting early on, moving through realist, expressive, and narrative styles. With a background in decorative painting, his style has evolved to blend continuous patterns of color with dynamic metal reflections. He has meticulous attention to detail and a dedication to flawlessness. Each painting plays with the viewer’s perspective, illuminating the spaces in which they reside.

Franzese similarly considers light as integral a part of his work as the tangible materials. Like beauty itself, its ever-changing and shifting nuances and effects are factored into each piece as it is unique to the time and place in which it is viewed. He utilizes many different types of metal leafs and veneers of color in his pieces to create dynamic refractions of light and color. 

His work is in numerous public and private collections, including Tiffany and Co, in Milano, and a 60ft mural at Facebook Headquarters. 


Alphabet Collection:

The “Alphabet” is a depiction of Tech Modernism, and reflection of today’s cultural trends and changes, that over time, become constant in our life. The pattern itself is a deconstruction of what we know today as the modern English alphabet. It contains all the shapes, curves, and lines needed to form the letters that have evolved over thousands of years to become the symbols we recognize today. These shapes have no meaning to someone who doesn’t speak our language. When enough people agree that these squiggles can have meaning, they become a language within our community.

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