Ugo La Pietra
Artist, designer and architect
Artist, architect, designer, Ugo La Pietra born in Bussi sul Tirino (in the province of Frosinone) lives and works in Milan.
An unorthodox, irregular artist, resisting all kinds of classification, he has been performing since 1962 in a variety of artistic expressions, always defining himself as a “visual art researcher”. Faithful to his research, he moved in and out of several artistic movements (“sign-inspired art”, “conceptual art”, “environmental art”, “socially rooted art”, “narrative art”, “art-house cinema”, “new writing”, “extra media”, “neo-eclecticism”, radical architecture and design), while communicating and publicising his thought and experiences through an intensive teaching and publishing activity. He also promoted several research groups, including Gruppo del Cenobio, Gruppo La Lepre Lunare, Gruppo Design Radicale, Global Tools, Cooperativa Maroncelli, Fabbrica di Comunicazione, Libero Laboratorio, and supported a number of exhibitions, engaging a multitude of performers, including artists, architects and designers.
From 1985 onward, he coordinated many exhibitions, awards, seminars and new object collections focusing on artistic craftsmanship and involving several territories (Volterra alabaster, Apricena and Lecce stone, lava rock stone, slate stone, furniture from Todi, Cantù, Pesaro, Bovolone and Saluzzo, ceramics from Faenza, Deruta, Grottaglie, Vietri sul Mare, as well as Murano and Colle Val d’Elsa glassware, Ravenna, Spilimbergo and Monreale mosaics, etc.)
He is undoubtedly a leader and a reference point for Italian artistic craftsmanship and applied arts, within which he was, and still is, an extraordinary protagonist, historian, critic and populariser. In 2015 Milan Triennale Design Museum paid homage to him through a large anthological exhibition covering most of his infinite artistic and theoretical production.