The Colors of Asia

Paintings by Francesco Lietti

Francesco Lietti




Upon first setting foot in Asia, Francesco Lietti was absorbed by the vibrancy, the energy, the beauty of its people, landscapes, and cityscapes. Possibilities, stories, and adventures seemed limitless, inviting him to plunge in and explore: the aromas, tastes, and colors were almost inebriating.


Painting is a fluid act, allowing Francesco to re-live certain experiences and adventures, many of which are related to travel and discovery. After digesting these experiences they are brought to life, almost subliminally, onto the canvas. Composition, the choice of colors, and the key elements of the painting begin to appear as he relaxes into the process, refining what’s already there, layer-by-layer, element-by-element, color-by-color, until the memory of the place, the adventure, is brought to life.


The Colors of Asia, as a collection of work by Francesco Lietti provides behind-the-scenes insights into the making of his paintings: the inspiration, the technique, the experiences, and the passion. Pairing short memoirs with his inspired images, the reader is included in the process of art as it develops into a finished piece. Francesco has also invited friends, fellow artists, and colleagues working in the art field to write pieces about his work so that he might learn something about himself and his work through the eyes of others.


9.5" x 9.5" Square
Publication date: 
fall 2018
Rights world: 
About the author: 

Francesco Lietti, author, was born in Lecco on the southern shore of Lake Como in Italy. He studied architecture in Milan and furthered his studies in Paris at the École des Beaux Arts, La Seine, and also at the Clerkenwell College of Printing in London.


Francesco paints naïve visions that often have a humorous quality, in an almost caricatured magnificence. Hovering between reality and fantasy, Lietti uses strong blocks of paint to represent buildings, including smaller patches of textured color which dance across cityscapes, lending a dream-like, ephemeral quality. His paintings are in acrylic and oils on canvas, sometimes with the addition of collage to add texture and depth, finishing pieces with a thick, glossy resin to further enhance the brightness of the colors.Lietti is renown for paintings drawn from Asian destinations- the lush greens of Vietnam and Bali, the golden sunsets of Rajasthan and the deep blue seascapes of the Philippines, just some of the many places he has visited and experienced. His works are featured in private collections worldwide.

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