Vincenzo Laera began his creative career in the 1980s in the fashion industry of his hometown of Milan. Trained as a hair stylist, he began working as a freelancer for magazines such as Lei and Per Lui early on, and collaborated regularly with South African photographer Koto Bolofo. In the late 1980s, Laera, just 20 years old, became a member of Helmut Newton's team.
In 1989, he moved to New York City. Up until 2005, Laera collaborated on projects with Newton and photographers such as Albert Watson, Irving Penn, Brigitte Lacombe, Deborah Tuberville, Bert Stern, Greg Gorman, and Annie Leibovitz. During this time, Laera began to work on his own photography. In 2006, when he moved to Berlin, he became self-employed as a professional photographer. Laera has worked for magazines like Icon, GQ, Spiegel, InStyle and Kaltblut.
The present work shows "The Temptation of St. Anthony" by Michelangelo projected onto the nude model, both blending into one another. Reflecting on this work Laera himself has said: "I was inspired by a famous painting by Michaelangelo and a famous engraving by Schongauer. The temptation of St. Anthony is the theme of these masterpieces. My new work is a reinterpretation of this theme. I have replaced the old figures of St. Anthony with young, strong, seductive men. They are projected over the old masterpieces. The demons' attempts to seize and attack their sculpted bodies fail. The young men rise, an allusion to reaching the heavenly gates and securing a place in heaven". – In excellent condition.
Exhibition: Another print of this work, together with "The Temptation of St. Anthony after Schongauer" by Vincenzo Laera, will be exhibited as a diptych at the ITSLIQUID International Art Fair, May 12-June 03, 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, Venice.