Located at 69 W 55th St. in New York, PizzArte is the city’s first combination pizza and art gallery celebrating food of Naples/Campania and contemporary Italian Art. Owners Bruno Cilio and Dario Cipollaro surprised the food industry and not only, combining a truly original wood-fired pizza oven built by a Neapolitan artisan and materials brought straight from Naples with a modern and rather sterile surrounding environment. In this fresh and sleek atmosphere where minimalistic decor made of modern tables and lights blends harmoniously with white table cloths and walls, took place the first ‘pizza exhibit’ featuring the World class painter Lello Esposito.
Neapolitan artist Lello Esposito, who’s currently showing some other work at the Biennale di Venezia, has been a sculptor and painter for almost thirty years and has exhibited in Paris, Tokyo, New York and throughout Italy. To coincide with the opening of PizzArte, New York’s only art gallery and restaurant, Esposito created twenty four new paintings that will be on exhibit until Winter 2012.
In his work, Esposito uses Neapolitan icons such as the Pulcinella, a classic masked Neapolitan character, Mount Vesuvius, and the horn of San Gennaro in various metamorphoses and media. For his sculptures and installations, Esposito uses materials such as bronze, aluminum and expansive canvases.