Sep 28, 2012

Lucio Dalla Portrait - Nespresso Opening

















The past two weeks have been really exciting for me - I was commissioned by Nespresso through Connexia to do a coffee cup stain portrait of the beloved Italian singer Lucio Dalla on site in Milan. Lucio passed away in March this year while on concert in Switzerland and his funeral was attended by 50,000 people. The portrait was presented at an invite-only event a few days ago at the new Nespresso boutique in Bologna, right below Lucio's studio and apartment. Popular Italian singer Cesare Cremonini was there, too. Like Lucio, Cesare was born and raised in Bologna, and I'm told that he was very loved by Lucio.

This project was a really meaningful one because I met many people who knew Lucio - some have even worked for him for 20+ years. All of them who knew him told me that same thing: that though everyone regarded him as a genius, he was still a very humble, easy-going, genuine person. Some even had tears in their eyes. They told me in this portrait, it was his eyes that really spoke to them - they said he always had 'that look'. They also mentioned that he was an avid art fan and collector, and would have appreciated this piece. :)

I can't express how honoured I am to be a part of this, to be able to work on a portrait of someone who is so loved and respected by the people of Italy. And I can't begin to express how thankful I am for God for this crazy experience.

The piece will be displayed in the boutique the next few days, then given to the mayor of Bologna, who, I heard, plans to hang it in a museum that they will be building for Lucio.

16 comments:

  1. Just wonderful! Well done! and yes, I love Lucio Dalla

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  2. oh girl, this is sooo good! and thank you so much for sharing these lovely things with us!

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  3. Wow, wonderful work.
    PS. God didn't do it, YOU did!

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  4. Hi Yi!!
    Bologna is not far from my home-town of Prato, and I'm really pleased that you enjoyed there so much!! I'm sorry that I wasn't able to come to meet you...but I just started working here in Uk!
    I really like the picture! ..and wow...you met many famous people!!
    Well done!!

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  5. You're such a talented person! Love your works :)

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  6. Impressive piece of work! You are super talented!

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  7. Wow Yi... great job! So excited for you that you are going places.
    Sent your mum the link to the Star write-up about you. :P

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  8. Great work!You are so pretty and elegant in that night dress,I want you to be my wife.
    From Green

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  9. Jin hey liang moi

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  10. Awesome piece of work. Lucio eyes and nose stands out.
    Good to see your dream to be an artist being fulfilled.

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  11. Wonderful work! I'm proud of you, Sabahan. And yes! You look really nice in that little black dress! :D

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  12. i don't know how i missed this when it was first posted, so a belated congratulations ... its good to see that your cup is full ... my only question is ... when are you going to stop working for beans?

    ps - see, you have met all the right people ... it was inevitable ... you're standing on a very sound foundation that your family built for you ... the nut hasn't fallen too far from the tree.

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  13. Impressive HongYi, very impressive stuff. You've gone such a long way from the archi student in Melbourne. Well done!

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