One of the most important artists of his generation, Lucchini completed his training in 1965 at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, where he lived and worked for the next twenty years. At the end of the eighties, eager to get in touch with the German artistic and cultural scene, he moved to Germany where he held an atelier for a long time in Düsseldorf and Cologne. Today he lives and works in Lugano.

Lucchini has been influenced by the expressionist results of the sixties and seventies to the influence of Pop Art to arrive at the comparison with the German Neue Wilde movement. Throughout his career, Cesare Lucchini has been concerned with the crucial issues of our time, the inhumanity of man and the plight of the downtrodden. In Lucchini’s paintings, the richness of his palette and the density of his brushstrokes provide a kind of visual forest or landscape out of which, little by little, the figure can be made out; the subject partly emerging from, and partly submerged by abstraction. The paintings are never documentary and do not set out to record the events but are lyrical and emotively-charged, with a desperate beauty that has the capacity to move far more than factual or documentary led descriptions.


Cesare Lucchini was born in 1941 in Bellinzona, Switzerland, and currently lives and works in Lugano, Switzerland. Lucchini works with galleries in Germany and Switzerland and has had many exhibitions in museums. His works have been exhibited at the Kühlhaus Berlin,Germany, including solo shows at the Mendrisio Palazzo Pollini, Ferrara; Pallazzo dei Diamanti; Locarno Pinacoteca Casa Rusca; Neuchatel Museum of Art and History, Switzerland and the Kunst Museum in Berne.