Reflecting Vices symbolize the last experimental creative stage of Ria Lussi. The subjects portrayed are an allegorical transposition of the nine vices that have always characterized human beings, upon which the artist wants to "reflect by being reflected". These are ambition, cunning, vainglory, impudence, melancholia, narcissism, presumption, shyness and fear.
The allegories are metaphorical creatures waiting to be completed with the reflection of the spectator. The theme of vices derives from the artist's incessant research on Giordano Bruno's philosophical-literary works. In particular, in "Lo spaccio de la bestia trionfante" hundreds of vices and virtues are listed in which Ria Lussi has recognized herself.
For the artist this is an arrival point on a new visionary path "after years of indomitable color to express vices - affirms Ria Lussi - even though I feel a certain sympathy for them, I worked by chromatic subtraction to silver. This is how reflectors were born: engraved and sandblasted silver glass".
Born in Milan, Ria Lussi’s artistic training crosses both boarders and media; she studied painting in Paris, visual design in Urbino, and poetic translation in Trieste. She currently lives and works in Rome.
Among her exhibitions: the traveling exhibition dedicated to the series of Emperors of Light, exhibited in 2014 at Villa del Principe in Genoa, Galleria Doria Pamphilij in Rome, Palazzo Collicola di Spoleto and finally at Villa Necchi in Milan. In 2015 was held the Mater-Matrix-Mother, and in 2016 she presented the project Mitochondria at the birthplace of Raffaello in Urbino. In 2017 the exhibition Fragile was held in Mucciaccia Contemporary gallery, and in 2018 she participated at the Macro Asilo with the artistic residence entitled #iosonogiordanobruno. In March 2020 she held her second solo exhibition entitled ALLEGORIA at the Mucciaccia Contemporary gallery.
The artistic technique of Ria Lussi finds its soul in drawing usually performed with a black pen. It is a technique that allows neither afterthoughts nor cancelation. She loves to use different medium such as glass, neon and silk. These fragile but resistant materials are all characterized by a vibrant, almost inappropriate luminosity that express the sense of the fragility of human life; it could break at any moment.
Ria Lussi's subject matters are emblems of a real inspirations and plausible aspiration, archetypes between history and myth, literature and fairy-tale nomadism. Glass busts, neon sculptures, light bulbs strung on electrified frames, pigments on gossamer silk: fragile materials that require care and control. These elements are the traditional subjects of her work, she leaves free interpretation to the spectator, who before them is allowed to free his imaginative fantasy.