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Introduction

Andrea Limauro (b. 1976, Rome, Italy)  is a visual artist and city planner whose work explores migration and migrant identity issues, nationalistic narratives, gun violence, climate change, and other social topics. Through his attentive and laborious process of screen printing and careful painting, Limauro’s works bring into focus the looming nature of disasters due to the effects of climate change. Through the employment of striking color combinations, metal leaf, patterns, and minute details, the illusion to a dystopian future of the DC region entices the eye.

Tephra ICA at Signature, located at the Signature apartment building in Reston, VA, is an innovative satellite gallery space that presents a year-round schedule of exhibitions featuring work by local and regional artists as selected by Tephra ICA curatorial staff. ​Provided in partnership with Boston Properties and Bozzuto. 

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Tephra ICA at Signature is generously supported by Reston Community Center.

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“My works draw attention to and communicate about political events that I have a strong personal connection to like immigration, civil war, nationalistic mythologies, and climate change. I look to our history to interpret our present events and for clues about the future. Data, like sea level rise projections or migration routes, and photographs from the research are frequently referenced in the paintings themselves."

Andrea Limauro

As a self-taught painter, Limauro’s aesthetic is influenced by his formative years in Italy in the 1980s and 1990s, where Roman and Renaissance art is seamlessly intertwined with anarchist and communist graffiti, posters, and printed propaganda. His approach to painting is a mix of tradition and innovation with gold leaf intruding over layers of screen printing, acrylic paint, markers, and collage. His imaginative use of patterns, colors, and architecture balance the compositions that allow for long looks and layered interpretations. A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats includes nine mixed media works providing a linnear narrative of regional landmarks gradually engulfed by nature with the United States capital eventually emerging as a new and different place.

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats, 2018

Biography

Andrea Limauro has exhibited at the Art Museum of the Americas, IA&A Hillyer, Culture House, and Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC; the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Annapolis, MD; and the Arlington Art Center in Arlington, VA. In 2022, Limauro's paintings will be featured in New American Paintings, No. 148, South Issue, and Studio Visit Magazine. Limauro was a Finalist for the Albero Andronico Art Award in Rome, Italy (2019) and a Semi-Finalist for the Bethesda Painting Awards in Maryland (2020). He serves as a Board Member at Washington Project for the Arts. Limauro holds a BA in Politics and Sociology from Essex University, UK, a Graduate Diploma in International Development from the University of Padua, Italy, and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, IL.

Exhibition Checklist

Tephra ICA at Signature is generously supported by Reston Community Center.

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Selected Works

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A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats, 2018
Acrylic paint, gold leaf, metal, and paper
36 x 36 x 144 inches

Study of Capitol Takeover I

Study of Capitol Takeover I, 2020
Acrylic paint on canvas
16 x 20 inches

Study of Capitol Takeover II

Study of Capitol Takeover II, 2020
Acrylic paint on canvas
16 x 20 inches

Study of Capitol Takeover III

Study of Capitol Takeover III, 2020
Acrylic paint on canvas
16 x 20 inches

Tropical Capitol

Tropical Capitol, 2020
Acrylic paint on metal leaf on canvas
16 x 20 inches

The Swamp Takes Over

The Swamp Takes Over, 2020
Acrylic paint on canvas
16 x 20 inches

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial, 2021
Acrylic paint and silk screen on canvas
24 x 24 inches

Ruins of an Empire

Ruins of an Empire, 2020
Acrylic, copper leaf, and paper
36 x 36 inches

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats, 2018
Acrylic paint, gold leaf, metal, and paper
36 x 36 x 144 inches

Study of Capitol Takeover I

Study of Capitol Takeover I, 2020
Acrylic paint on canvas
16 x 20 inches

Study of Capitol Takeover II

Study of Capitol Takeover II, 2020
Acrylic paint on canvas
16 x 20 inches

Study of Capitol Takeover III

Study of Capitol Takeover III, 2020
Acrylic paint on canvas
16 x 20 inches

Tropical Capitol

Tropical Capitol, 2020
Acrylic paint on metal leaf on canvas
16 x 20 inches

The Swamp Takes Over

The Swamp Takes Over, 2020
Acrylic paint on canvas
16 x 20 inches

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial, 2021
Acrylic paint and silk screen on canvas
24 x 24 inches

Ruins of an Empire

Ruins of an Empire, 2020
Acrylic, copper leaf, and paper
36 x 36 inches

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