After having frequented the courses of Giorgio Morandi
at the Accademia di Belle Arti in his own city, Luciano Damiani
(Bologna 1923 - Rome 2007), scenographer, costume designer and stage director, founds an agency specialized in the realization of poster for cinema and works in Bologna as a stage designer at the Teatro Comunale
and for the theatrical group La Soffitta
of Sandro Bolchi
, until, in 1952, noticed by Paolo Grassi
and Giorgio Strehler
, he begins his collaboration with the Piccolo Teatro
, that will be assiduous up to the last Seventies.
Soon Damiani developes a personal scenographical vision that, in theatre, brings him to demolish the traditional conception of the scena all'italiana.
The border of his scenographies, that never are explanatory or illustrative, is not anymore that of the stage, that is dilated at times until to invade the stalls, or almost emptied, with results of exceptional poetic significance.
Among his most prestigious international acknowledgement, there is the life nomination as a titular of the chair of scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
In 1982 he founds in Rome the Teatro di Documenti
, that will become his artistic and spiritual will.