Felice & Gucci for Vogue Italy
Paolo Ventura (1968 - )
Vogue Italy, 2020
90 x 72 cm
Ed. 3 + 1 AP
available ed. 3/3 and 1 AP
Italian photographer Paolo Ventura (born 1968) is known for constructing and photographing elaborate dioramas to tell cinematic visual stories.
Ventura studied at the Milan’s Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in the early 1990s. Solo exhibitions include the Forma International Center for Photography, Milan; Museum of Contemporary Art of Roma (MACRO), Rome; The Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome and during the Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles. In 2012, he was selected by curator Vittorio Sgarbi to create a series of works for the Italian national pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2018 Ventura received a large solo exhibition in Armani Silos, Milan.
Milan based artist Paolo Ventura was invited by Vogue Italy to create their first illustrated cover ever. The magazine wanted to make a statement about sustainability by producing its January 2020 issue without "traveling, shipping clothes or polluting in any way.” The magazine’s first issue instead featured illustrated stories and a series of hand-drawn covers created Paolo Ventura, David Salle, Vanessa Beecroft, Cassi Namoda, Milo Manara, Delphine Desane and Yoshitaka Amano.
Responsible for this great initiative was Italian edition’s editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti. The earnings saved in the production of this issue went towards financing the restoration of Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, severely damaged by floods.
Ventura contributed with his illustration of the young Dutch supermodel Felice Nova Noordhoff, drawn in Gucci.