The artists drawing the city
“It May Be So” (2014)
Italian artist Francesco Lietti has been in Hong Kong for 10 years. His artwork incorporates cuttings from magazines.
HK Magazine: How did you start painting
Francesco Lietti: I used to paint back home when I was in Italy, but I stopped when I came to Hong Kong. When I decided to stay here, I started to paint more and more. My focus and inspiration changed and I found amazing elements in the city.
HK: What’s Hong Kong in your eyes?
FL: It’s an incredibly colorful, vibrant, exciting and inspiring place—I love Hong Kong! I try to capture the energy and the vibe of this amazing city. I want to portray the density, the layering, the intricacy of the urban fabric. I want the viewers to feel my paintings truly speak of Hong Kong.
HK: What’s unique about how you see the city?
FL: I guess the style of my painting could be considered pretty interesting as I like to mix different techniques. The base is acrylic, to which I add collaged pieces, paper cuts, glue and so on to add texture. Adding pieces of magazines and newspapers from those locations also help to reinforce these connections. I think the text bits add an element of fun to the compositions and give me the opportunity to embed messages or thoughts I have on my mind.
Francesco presents his paintings on Mar 19-20 at Sai Kung Art And About. Check out facebook.com/saikungAAA or his Instagram @francescolietti for more.