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Luca Porcelli: Italy’s Gift to Miami

Luca Porcelli:  Italy’s Gift to Miami

 

 

Introduction to Luca Porcelli.  1:09 min.

I first met Luca Porcelli during Art Basel Miami Beach week in 2015, when he was exhibiting his work at Poltrona Frau in the Miami Design District. I had heard about Porcelli and his unique artwork when I lived in Italy, and it was my great pleasure and honor to finally meet him.

An extravagant man, who never ceases to amaze with his creativity across various medium, Porcelli moved to Miami for stimulation, to learn new techniques, and to become a better teacher for the artists of tomorrow.

After his exhibition in 2015, Porcelli and his partner invited my father and me to dinner and I was fascinated by the story of how his latest collection was created.

From a small area in Naples, Luca Porcelli moved to Milan, the capital of fashion, to seek multiple ways to become visible in the art world. He started by organizing events with themes like cooking and photography, then moved to visual merchandising, and eventually found his passion as a fashion designer. Porcelli expanded his fashion knowledge by moving to Kenya, where he learned different techniques for using fine and prestigious materials.

Luca Porcelli used the knowledge acquired in Kenya to introduce one-of-a-kind furniture in Milan, and opened his first showroom, Wozzup Mutazionediinterni in 2007. He showcased eclectic furniture pieces: sofas covered in chinchilla fur, chairs covered in python skin, marble armchairs covered in seal skin, lamps embellished with pony skin, and many more. All of these creations were presented with finishing touches using fine materials like Svaroksi crystals, lace and different kinds of metals.

These exclusive creations were targeted for the elite. The majority of the pieces are made-to-measure and one-of-a-kind.  Due to their popularity, Porcelli was forced to open a second showroom in Milan.

Porcelli is constantly looking for new sources of inspiration and is devoted to inspiring young artists. After being acknowledged for his work in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Africa, Brazil and Asia, Porcelli decided to move to Miami in 2015 to further continue to diversify his unique techniques.

During his stay in Miami, Porcelli participated in three Art Basel week fairs; contributed to the Design on a Dime event (an AIDS fundraiser), which showcased 25 top designers; presented his photobook at the Italian Consulate; and was presented in the Miami Décor Year Book in May, 2018.  Luca Porcelli also contributed to the imaging of the Al Capone Villa located on Palm Island in Miami Beach.

The videos below are organized by topic and run between 20 seconds and 2 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE: 0:28 sec.

What is your earliest memory of art?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:   0:37 sec.

Do you remember when you started to feel passionate about art and why?

 

SERENDIPITY:  00:56 min.

What did you learn in school that helped you in your career?

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE:  1:21 min.

Describe the evolution of your career.

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE:  0:29 sec.

Who have been your role models and influencers? .

 

UNDERSTANDS THE BUSINESS OF ART:  1.39 min.

What is the latest item you created from scratch? And how did you do it?

 

PERSEVERANCE FURTHERS: 2:36 min.

How did you evolve your passion when you were still living in Milan?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:   1:23 min.

Compare and contrast the art communities of the Italy with South Florida, how can USA help you professionally?

 

STRONG DRIVE FOR ACHIEVEMENT:  0:40 min.

You had the privilege of fill the Al Capone Villa with your pieces. Explain the experience.

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:  0:29 min.

How are you evolving your art here in Miami?

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  0:18 min.

How do you contribute to the Floridian community? 

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  0:48 min.

This is the consecutive year that you participate in the non-profit organization event “Design on a Dime”. 

 

COLLABORATION:  0:52 sec.

Describe a challenging situation with a successful outcome 

 

SERENDIPITY:  0:36 min.

What are your plans to engage the Miami audience? 

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE’S PERSPECTIVE:  0:17 min.

What is unique about Miami’s position in the art world?

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  0:20 min.

You come from a culture that is thousands of years old, while Miami is so young.