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Urban Jungle

22 February 2022 - 3 March 2022



Arta is thrilled to present a solo show ‘Urban Jungle’, featuring Francesco Lietti’s mixed-media paintings and digital art.

Lietti’s inspiration lies deeply in his free spirit, the curiosity of discovering new cultures, and everything behind it: fascinated by the variety of colors, the rich smells, and the plethora of images he was drawn to return and stay.

The solo exhibition Urban Jungle depicts three series; Cityscape, Abstracted and the newest series Legno. All the collections depict the artist’s love for this vibrant, eclectic city – Hong Kong where he lives and is complemented by the symbiosis of travel and discovery around the South East Asia region. Finally, for the exhibition, the artist prepared also a digital in form of NFTs art which combines with his iconic cityscape series.

His paintings hover between reality and fantasy. Using strong blocks of paint to represent the buildings, Lietti also includes smaller patches of textured color, which dance across the cityscape, giving it that dream-like, ephemeral quality. The artist works in acrylic and oils on canvas and also adds collage to give even more texture and depth. He then finishes his pieces with a thick, glossy resin, further enhancing the brightness of the colors. Lietti also captures the colors and delights of other Asian destinations. The
lush greens of Vietnam and Bali, the golden sunsets of Rajasthan, the deep blue seascapes of the Philippines, these are just some of the many places he has visited and experienced. The artist gives us rare glimpses, merging reality with a magical world.


Francesco Lietti was born in Lecco on the southern shore of Lake Como in Italy. He studied architecture in Milan and furthered his studies in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts, La Seine, and also at the Clerkenwell College of Printing in London. His works are featured in private collections worldwide. When not painting in his studio, Francesco is probably riding his motorbike on the Hong Kong hills trying to catch a new view or travelling across Asia in search of inspiration.


22 February 2022
3 March 2022
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