Francesco Senise

Lives and works in the town of Lungro in southern Italy, where he was born on the 25th of August 1970. He has dedicated most of his artistic works to his native land by depicting the surrounding environment and colourful landscapes.

The “Salinari” paintings, the series he has become most valued for, pay tribute to the salt mines that have ensured the territory of Lungro and its inhabitants prosperity for many centuries. The artist is particularly fond of this theme for, as a child, he was fascinated by the view of some sculptures placed at the school
entrance portraying salt miners; their weary aspect struck him profoundly. Maturing as a man and artist, he must have realised the intense fatigue and importance of the miners’ hard work which reflects in his paintings years later.

He soon drew the critics’ attention, that led him to exhibit regularly at a national level and soon after was summoned to international collective exhibitions.

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Birthplace: Lungro