Gabriele Buratti – Buga – was born in Milan in 1964, he has a degree in “Landscape Architecture” from the Polytechnic of Milan. Over the years he developed an interest for the physical, anthropic, historical and structural characters of the landscape that deeply influences his paintings, sculptures and photographs.

His use of schemes that by now some historians have already defined as “neo-pop”, identifying in them classical stylistic elements of our time, shows a strong link with social-economical history.  It is sufficient to remember what happened with “pop” in the sixties, when some artists put in a frame certain icons of those times, actresses, objects and even the new born coca-cola.

Still today there are people like Gabriele Buratti who want to express their artistic story with images of European and American cities such as London and New York, or with a parade of urban icons that seem to be borrowed from  magazine or a depliant for tourists.

His paintings contain a brand which is no other than the bar-code, the same one we find all over products and that marks the strong consumerist production of our time. Just this brand became an icon, a sign, a strong image that revolves in the artist’s paintings. This displays a strong idea of his art linked to recent history, particularly economic and social history that gave quick processes to western countries and capitalism.

To these attributes we have to add the fact that Buratti samples his paintings’ settings with polished and sometimes blackish tones that even recall landscapes by Sironi. These tones, these fogs that fade away as white clouds over darkened backgrounds do not leave out strong cultural emotions. In this way they become the new magic of the third millennium and tell us as still today art describes one’s time without omitting the heart of poetry.