Painter Lucio Monaco was born in 1957 in Mosciano Sant’Angelo (Teramo), where he lives till this day. He started studying arts at Istituto Superiore d’Arte San Bernardo in Teramo and graduated in 1975. His first paintings date back to 1973, when he still was an art student. In 1980 he moved to Lombardy, where he studied figure drawings from teachers in Como.
Monaco’s artistic research is influenced by Pop Art, but the artist developed his own style, giving his works a quiet personal taste. At first glance, his technique might be compared to Mimmo Rotella’s. Rotella, inspired by Pop Art, uses fragments, teared up posters in a cold and rational way for his canvas. However, Monaco follows his inner perceptions, deeply bound to his emotions, often inspired by famous movies, masterpieces of Cinema, which inspire the strong social message of his works. His subjects are commonly taken from cinema and comics, but also social events inspire him. In his works there is evidence of technique, balance in arrangements, chromatic combination and artistic sensibility. Lucio Monaco brought “realism” in the representation of our magmatic currentness. It doesn’t matter if his collages and tearings are similar to others, as his style stands out due to his passion for objects, but in particular art objects.
His works were exhibited several times in solo shows and collective shows on national level. He successfully took part to art contests, receiving positive feedback both by critics and his public. His paintings and collages take part in important public and private collections.