In search of truth: An artistic and spiritual odyssey
From an early age, Poggio Di Poggio embarked on a relentless quest for truth – the ultimate reality that emerges when one frees oneself from the shackles of conditioning and ignorance.
By mindfully observing the natural rhythms, the intricate mechanisms of the human body and mind, he has tried to comprehend the essence of life and death, accepting the impermanence and understanding the interdependence. These notions, once abstract concepts, transform into profound verities, enabling the emancipation and elevation of the spirit.
The sacred journey: The monkhood
In his incessant pursuit of truth, Poggio Di Poggio devoted eight years of his life to monkhood and the discipline of meditation. As a devout Zen and Theravada Buddhist monk, he profoundly studied and embraced the teachings of the Buddha. His spiritual journey led him to ten months of hermitic solitude in the Thai forests. Through meditation and mindful communion with nature, Poggio Di Poggio came to realize that all is one, and this oneness is spirituality.
Nature and art as a source of beauty
Poggio’s paintings take the form of abstract landscapes, reminiscent of the European Romanticism of the 19th century, as well as Shan Shui, the traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese landscape art.
In their portrayal of mountains, clouds, rivers, and storms, these painters express human emotions and sentiments; therefore they are, in essence, also portraits.
These artworks allow for introspection and meditation, guiding the viewer on an inner odyssey where reality and fantasy, space and time stretch and intertwine.
The experience of the sacred often emerges from the magnificence of nature or the evocative power of art, both sources of innate beauty.
In addition to the fundamental experiences of beauty and the sacred through nature, Poggio Di Poggio also evokes overwhelming and life changing experiences with art. In painting with C. Monet, Odilon Redon, the Nabis and Agnes Martin, Mark Rothko (American abstraction). Or in music with J.S. Bach, F. Chopin, Sara Vaughan, Cocteau Twins, David Sylvian, PJ Harvey, Placebo, Lana del Rey… but also in literature, dance…
– KW (2023 Jan) Zenkustenaar Poggio Di Poggio in de Garemijnzaal
– Uit in Vlaanderen (2023 Jan) Poggio Di Poggio Spiritual & Contemporary Art Read
– Inside Artists (2021 Mar) 4 pages interview+photos Read the article
– Aesthetica Magazine (2020 Apr) Listed in Best emerging artists 2020 Read the article
Exhibitions & Prizes
2024 15-29 Feb: ODYSSEY Paintings and Poems Exporuimte Burg, Bruges (Belgium)
2023 Jan: Poggio Di Poggio Spiritual & Contemporary Art at the Belfort of Bruges (Belgium)
2022 Nov: Art Brussels solo show booth (Belgium)
2021 Nov: Art Brussels solo show booth (Belgium)
Gallery Biesenbach Cologne (Germany)
2020 Dec 13-29 Art Matters 2 (online exhibition) « Honorable mention »
Luxembourg Art Prize (Luxembourg)
2020 Distinction from the Art Museum to view