Luigi Dragoni was born in Cremona (Lombardy) in 1932. After graduating at secondary school, he attended Milan Politecnico, but the following year he abandoned the Faculty of Engineering in order to attend Brera Academy, where he studied Painting with Aldo Carpi and Engraving with Benvenuto Disertori.
From 1957 on, he has taken part in national exhibitions, such as St. Fedele Prize (Milan) and international ones, such as Biennale dei Giovani (Gorizia). His first personal expositions were held in Milan, at Permanente and Galleria Trentadue. During the Sixties he took part in Milan and Verona Biennali, at Suzzara, Ramazzotti and Imperia Prizes and the national engraving contests of Cittadella, S. Giovanni Valdarno, Assisi, Arezzo; in many of these he was awarded with a prize . In 1967 the art critic Vittorio Fagone chose Dragoni to represent the New Milanese painters at La Robinia Gallery in Palermo, together with Baratella, De Filippi, Mariano, Olivieri, Spadari.
At the end of the Sixties ,Dragoni moved to Bergamo in order to teach Figure and then Painting Disciplines in the State High School of Arts. During the following years he multiplied his personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad and he was often introduced by distinguished critics.
Since the early Eighties he has taken part in many important reviews: Modern Art Gallery in Gallarate, Rotonda della Besana and Triennale dell’Incisione in Milan, International Prize for Engraving in Biella… together with personal expositions by public institutions and private galleries in Italy and Switzerland. He has been awarded with several prizes and acknowledgements, both for painting and engraving. Recently, he has taught Engraving Techniques at Como and Bergamo Restoration Academies. He lives and works in Bergamo.
Luigi Dragoni’s artistic path covers and condenses the reference to a place where the constant development of the nature of things evolves. The crowd of marks, like architectural lines concentrating in the space perceived, gives back the distinctive value of “construction”, the idea of a building coming from history, which flows into History ; the ‘place’ is the one of his personal history – low Lombardy, where Dragoni was born and lives ; the ‘form’ tends to an Absolute of values expressing its deepest spirit and converting it into a collective experience, shared History. Abstraction pours into Dragoni’s poetic vision, it introduces the force of his artistic belief, carries signs, heaps colors, lists ideas, sensations, memories, and ends up into a vision of a future that glues together both past and present. Horizons of earth, water and sky convey the values of a transforming reality, following the rhythm of time, offering visual combinations; a net of matters and sensations where changing forms are displayed: immersions into both memory and present. Nature becomes a whole world, a reality fading away in gazing and remembering, thus it is transferred and refreshed through a shared artistic experience. Abstraction is the tangible force of becoming, the shape of Time represented in the work of art.
Marks and landscapes are the places where to recognize the creative identity through the scattered signs of colors and structures, like a map drafted now and again, through the talk between gaze and word, questioning the elements of nature and reality. It is in the things, the truth of earth, sky, air and water, in transformations.