Biography

1958
Born at Castello di Cantagallo, Florence, where he spent is childhood.

1964
Studied at the elementary school in Castello.

1973
Enrolled at a Technical Industrial Institute. A few months later he gave up his studies and decided to attend art school in Florence

1974
Began his first pictorial experiments

1977
Produced some sculptures in stone and wood found on long walks through the woods and rivers at Castello. He painted his first portraits in oils of his father and mother.

1978
Enrolled at Accademia di Bella Arti in Florence.

1979
Presented by a mutual friend, the poet Alessandro Ceni, he became acquainted with Fausto Faini, also a painter, who shortly after became one of his closest friends.

1980
Called up for military service.

1981
After completing his military service he is finally able to rejoin Fausto Faini. Meanwhile ha had came to know Giovanni Testori. Seeing a drawing that Crocicchi happened to have given a friend, Testori was deeply impressed and asked to meet him.

1982
Meeting in Florence with Giovanni Testori, who for some ten years was his friend and supporter, with close and intense passion. During this time drawing was his only form of expression.

1983
His work and his love for drawing increased, leading him to give up painting altogether. Produced his first large drawings.

1984
Crocicchi continued to work on developing his technique of drawing and also turned to oil paintings on paper. It was the year of his firts exhibition at the Rotonda della Besana, Milan, to which he was invited by Testori. The exhibition was titled Artisti e scrittori (Artists and Writers). He returned to painting in oil on canvas and produced a number of great portraits. In late spring, he traveled with his friend Fausto Faini to Spain for the El Greco exhibition. Visited Madrid and Toledo. At the beginning of the summer he traveled to Monaco for the exhibitions by Max Beckmann and Marino Marini.

1985
Exhibited at the Compagnia del Disegno in Milan, his first solo exhibition, presented by Alberico Sala. In spring he painted one of his most intense and dramatic paintings, Il polittico di Castello (The Castello Polyptich”), consisting of four large canvases. Introduced by Giovanni Testori to Vittorio Sgarbi. Made a trip to London in the summer, again with Faini, to see the Francis Bacon exhibition ad the Tate Gallery. At the Marlborough Gallery: “I remember the arrival of the great artist, the legendary Bacon! We two friends were overjoyed at the extraordinary good luck of seeing someone we admired so much at the time. We managed to get him to dedicate the exhibition catalog to us. We had just had time to thank him before Bacon disappeared, without leaving by the door we were watching. Then in the street, it was a lovely day, sitting on the steps we tried to catch a glimpse of the Master, who had disappeared. He came down Albemarle Street a quarter of an hour later, swaying slightly, alone, walking down the street. He came right up to us. We were incredulous and overwhelmed by such an incredible coincidence… Maybe he noticed our excitement, we both looked into his eyes for a moment there, still before us! And he spoke to us and said… Well, so you’re here…?”

1986
Exhibited his first anthology in the great chambers of Palazzo Novellucci, Prato.

1987
A period of crisis and intense anxiety. Meanwhile he had become a good friend of Vittorio Sgarbi, who supported his work enthusiastically and comprehended its rugged authenticity.

1988
Second anthological exhibition in Brescia, presented by Vittorio Sgarbi. In spring he changed his studio, moving to an industrial warehouse close to Prato on the River Bisenzio owned by his brother Pierluigi. Its spacious interior allowed him to work on large formats.

1990
Continues to paint canvas with proto-historical animals. Takes part into the XLII Premio Michetti.

1991
Went to Paris where, with the assistance of his sister Margaret, he was able to settle for a short period. He produced a number of pictures, but his strong attachment to his homeland took him back to Tuscany. At the year’s end, in Prato he met Alessandra Ottieri through the painter Diego Saiani.

1992
A bond of affection and mutual respect was established with Alessandra Ottieri. He moved to Rome for a long period. There he developed the idea of modifying certain aspects of his work.

1993
Exhibited in a gallery in Naples. Began to draw intensely. He experimented with a new way of conceiving and executing his paintings. This was how his first “Neo-Quattrocento” paintings were produced, inspired by the masters of the Tuscan Renaissance.

1995
Last exhibition at the Compagnia del Disegno in Milan. Returned to Rome for a short period.

1996
Invited to participate in the 12th Quadriennale in Rome, winning the Award of the Chamber of Deputies. In October he had a solo exhibition with new paintings at Il Polittico in Rome.

1997
Spent a year living in Paris in his studio on the Rue des Gobelins, where he managed to paint a number of pictures. He was invited to participate in a series of international exhibitions organized by Il Polittico.

1998
Had a major retrospective in Conegliano Veneto curated by Marco Goldin. Settled again in his studio at the family home, overlooking the Tuscan Appennines. Worked assiduously.

1999
Exhibited at a private gallery in Prato, presented by Vittorio Sgarbi.

2000
In spring his father Vitaliano fell ill and died in October. Luca Crocicchi stopped painting for some months.

2001
His days were devoted to gardening and tending the countryside. He moved to Florence and began painting again.

2002
He devoted himself with new energy to painting, which for years was nurtured by the landscaoes familiar to him.

2003
Exhibited in the room of St. Ignatius at the Galleria d’arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Arezzo. Took part in the 44th Michetti Prize in Milan and the exhibition Giovanni Testori. The Secrets of Milan at the Palazzo Reale.

2004

In spring in Bologna, he was invited to an exhibition conceived by Dino A. Gavina. Their mutual friend Maria Simoncini introduced him to Maria Cristina, who became his wife shortly after. In summer, his mother fell seriously ill.

2005
Participated in several important group exhibitions. His new manner was now clearly defined.

2006

Con tanta dedizione, alterna i suoi tragitti fra la casa dei genitori e la casa di Bologna. Partecipa a importanti collettive. La sua nuova maniera è ormai definita.

2007

Palazzo Reale in Milan presented a drawing of large dimensions in the exhibition Arte Italiana Pittura, curated by Sgarbi.

2008
His mother died

2009

Exhibited two portraits at the exhibition Genio e Follia, in the museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala.

2010
 Inaugura a Recanati una piccola raccolta di opere al Museo Civico Villa Colloredo Mels dal titolo

Opens in Recanati a small anthology of works at the Museo Civico Villa Colloredo Mels, titled Leopardiana and dedicated to poet Giacomo Leopardi.

* 53 ° Festival dei due mondi, Palazzo Pianciani, Spoleto.

2011

* Takes part in the 54th Espsosizione Internazionale d’arte di Venezia at the Italian Pavillion.

2012

Takes part in the exhibition Dopo de Chirico, La pittura metafisica italiana contemporanea at the Panorama Museum, Bad Frankenhausen, Germany.

2013

*Presents some works at the Banca Intermobiliare in Bologna

2014-2015

Invited by a Chinese collector, he makes several trips to China, staying in Shangai and Beijing, where he paints some portraits for private clients.

2015

Represents the Regione Toscana at the exhibition Il tesoro d’Italia, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Expo Milano. Exhibits at the ExpoArteContemporaneaItaliana showcase, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, in Varedo, Milan.