As a social co-op, we endorse the artistic output of Davide Sossella. Currently on show in our underground gallery, the first exhibition devoted to Davide's work facilitates the purchase of new drawing material via the sale of the pieces on display.
Davide typically spends his days painting, gathering wild herbs and berries, talking on the phone with his friend Sonia, listening to the sounds of buzzards, eagles and roe deer all around, looking after his neighbour's four chickens, building wooden condominiums with the help of ants, and tidies the public green spaces in the nearby village of Tione. Over Instagram, Davide shares his art. There are days when he feels like a horse, others when he militates for the cause of the planet, and others still when he turns into a hen, a turkey, a cat or a bird eating rainbows.
Davide was born in Este (PD) in 1963. Following the death of his father at the age of nine, he moved to Ponte Caffaro (BS), his mother's hometown. Ever since he was a child, he has been painting and building objects with recycled materials. At the beginning of the 1980s, he was forced to close down his car wash business because of the financial difficulties he encountered. Soon afterwards he became involved in international drug dealing and went into hiding in Morocco in the early 2000s. After six years, he turned himself in at the Italian embassy, serving an eighteen-month sentence in Casablanca. He was then transferred to the Busto Arsizio prison (MI) for a further seventeen years. In 2018, he was sentenced to house arrest, which he spent at his home in Ponte Caffaro. After a period of psychiatric therapy, he acquitted the sentence and in September 2020 he moved to his cabin in Batoe in the Giudicarie Valley in the Trentino, where he currently lives.
Davide's exhibition can be visited in our gallery on request.