Poggio Di Poggio is a former Buddhist monk converted into an artist.
All his paintings are made with mindfulness.
“I strive to express the spiritual nature of the universe”
Poggio Di Poggio is a Franco-Belgian artist based in Bruges
Student of an Italian Master in Rome and a Van der Kelen Academy graduate in Brussels, he has been trained as a decorative painter for 3 years before travelling around the world to create frescoes and trompe l’oeil (marbles, woods or stones imitations) in private homes and public places.
After 10 years of practice as an artisan decorative painter he gradually became a full artist painter, working on academic canvas. He exhibited in New York, Paris and Casablanca in the 2000s.
At the age of 40 he abruptly abandoned creation to devote his life to buddhism in order to find the meaning of life and encounter a state of contentment . After 8 years of monastic life, travels in Japan and South East Asia, including a 10 months retreat as a hermit in a Thai forest, he understood that he had to return to Europe and pursue his life as an artist with the aim to express the spiritual nature of the universe.
As a former buddhist monk all Poggio Di Poggio’s artworks are made with mindfulness.
He considers every day to be a special day, a fresh new journey, full of chances, happy coincidences and accidents.
Body and mind connected to the universal energy he observes things happening, each time in a particular flow and intensity.
Layer after layer he experiments and facilitates the creative process with a free mind, thriving to express the spiritual nature of the universe.
He currently works on a new series “Les Nymphéas”, a tribute to Claude Monet, the master who succeeded the most in this odyssey: the expression of the spiritual nature of the universe.
The “Les Nymphéas” series is a meditative abstraction based on the observation of a landscape, the water surface of a lily pond.
Being concerned by the multiple threats for our planet and more specifically by the water’s issues (Chemical and plastic pollution, global warming, drought, flooding) Poggio Di Poggio adds this dimension to his work.
The surfaces of the paintings are cracked, burned, referring to the climate change and emphasizing the importance of water for life.
Poggio Di Poggio is based in Brussels and also has a studio in Italy facing the Mediterranean Sea.
He’s already present in private collections and art foundations in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and The USA.
In January 2023 arrive the recognition with a solo show of 80 paintings and drawings in the prestigious Belfort in Bruges. The exhibition is a huge success with more than 600 visits per day.
– KW (2023 Jan) Zenkustenaar Poggio Di Poggio in de Garemijnzaal
– Uit in Vlaanderen 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
2023 Jan: Poggio Di Poggio Spiritual & Contemporary Art at the Belfort
2022 Nov: Art Brussels solo show booth
2021 Nov: Art Brussels slo show booth
Since 2020 The Artling Gallery (Singapore) Visit the online gallery
Gallery Biesenbach (Cologne)
2020 Dec 13-29 Art Matters 2 (online exhibition) « Honorable mention »
Luxembourg Art Prize (Luxembourg)
2020 Encouragement from the jury and invitation to continue from the museum