Tiziano Summo is a self-tought artist made in Italy and crafted in London. Tiziano’s installations examine the complex relationships between art and science, nature and technology, life and death. He believes that only by combining very different subjects is it possible to create something truly unique. With mortality as the central theme of his work, Tiziano challenges contemporary belief systems, thus exploring the uncertainties at the heart of the human experience.
His practice is based on one simple truth: to embrace life truly, you must face death. His works have been published in international art magazines such as FOA and shown at The Other Art Fair London and Salone del mobile di Milano to name a few. This odyssey towards awareness led Tiziano on a therapeutic journey to discover himself and, in turn, invites us to stop, reflect and live.
Tiziano’s most recent work, ‘Light After Death’ (2019-2022), subverts the traditional hunting trophy adding a contemporary twist. Each skull has been paired with a custom neon shape, contrasting natural decay with an artificial glow.
Natural and man-made, rural and urban, traditional and contemporary: these timeless boundaries are blurred and fused, evoking the powerful symbolism of the circle of life. The juxtaposition of the organic shape of a skull and the geometry of the neon embodies the fragility of life and the eternal perfection of math. Beautiful yet unnerving, the electrifying neon light functions as a beacon for curious souls, as well as an unmistakable reminder of our mortality and our defiance in the face of its certainty.
The theme of mortality is more important than ever. Our modern culture hopes that by making death invisible, taboo, and evil, it can make us forget what life is all about, and because we forget death, we forget how to live. Tiziano, with a modern revisitation of ‘Memento Mori’, hopes to portray death in a different light, making people aware that to truly embrace life, you need to face death.
Neon Skull 80 x 70 x 20 cm
Neon Skull, 50 x 55 x 12 cm
Neon Skull, 55 x 130 x 20 cm
Neon Skull, 70 x 46 x 12 cm
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