Unicum, at the root of the Latin term, literally means ‘a unique example or specimen of something.’
In his new body of artwork, Perucchetti has manipulated his staple resin material, resulting in new, sculptural ways of displaying his art. These sculptures are individual testaments to the medium from which they are formed – matchless in their chemical composition, form, colour, texture and size. Yet together, they exemplify a serious achievement for the artist, cementing his place within the canon of Contemporary Art.
Alongside his new Abstract forms, Perucchetti has further developed some of his familiar icons, continuing in the vein of his recognised Hip Pop art; a Smoked Skull with a multi-coloured helmet, a Flying Pig with Swarovski crystal wings, a Lucifer Jelly Baby with horns and a tail – icons which are universally understood, but that more importantly make very clear statements about the artist’s point of view regarding highly sensitive issues such as the global economy, environmental neglect and political unrest.
“A celebration of colour, form and technique, elements which are present in all art, Unicum has a very unique fingerprint.”
Born in 1949 in Milan, Perucchetti was an only child. Initially taking a job in Milan, he then moved to Rome and enrolled for classes in theatre studies. Starting to act in film, he worked with Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol in The Driver’s Seat (1974). More film roles followed and he set up a production company, hoping to initiate something better than the current spate of kung-fu movies. Changing course once again, he relocated to London and threw himself into interior design work.
Mauro’s work unites Pop aesthetics with social comment, addressing some of the most pressing and difficult issues in today’s society in a way that is subtle and accessible, without being trite, shocking or obscure. Mauro is above all an artist who is connected; he sees the bigger picture and world affairs and has his finger on the pulse of contemporary society. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Islington Art Fair where his work attracted a lot of attention and was bought by international collectors. He comes to his art from long experience of design and architecture. Having made things all his life, he is truly a master-maker; fascinated with the way things are constructed. His experiments with resins put him at the cutting edge of contemporary art and he is one of very few artists confronting some of the most fundamental issues of our day. Issues of cloning, religion and violence – subjects which the church and governments perennially find uncomfortable.