Melissa LaBozzetta Biography
Melissa LaBozzetta is an Italian-Australian artist based in Melbourne and is best known for her life drawings and abstract pieces. Combing her strong Italian bloodline with love for female sensuality and divinity, she captures the beauty of the female form.
She is a passionate, sassy, and energetic artist who recently became the first Australian Ambassador for the Non-Violence Project Foundation. Melissa LaBozzetta joins fellow Ambassadors for Peace: John Lennon, Oona Chaplin, Paul McCartney, Lionel Messi, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Johan Ernst Nilson, Val Kilmer, Kunal Sood, Beatrice Fihn, Patrizia Gucci, Ali Muhammad, and many others.
The Non-Violence Project Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission to inspire, engage, and motivate people to understand how to solve conflicts without resorting to violence. The Foundation found its origins in the Non-Violence sculpture, known as "The Knotted Gun," which has become an iconic global symbol of peace. It was originally created by a Swedish artist, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, as a memorial tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter John Lennon after he was shot in 1980. The Foundation has spread the message of love and peace worldwide through artistic interpretations of their symbol.
In 2018, Melissa LaBozzetta painted the iconic symbol in a studio in London and called her sculpture ‘Ocean of Love.’ The three-dimensional sculpture is painted with blues that represent an ocean of trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, and faith. The gold, which represents the countries worldwide, is also interpreted as the master healer. "I feel the world painted on the knotted gun with blues and golds is the perfect combination to symbolize peace," shared Melissa.
“I'm hopeful that my sculpture moves people. I am also hopeful this incredible piece starts a conversation that spreads love and resonates with people - the more we talk and communicate the message of hope and peace, the better we will be,” she said.
February 14, 2020 replicas of her interpretation of the iconic knotted gun will be released and available in prominent international galleries (including the Saatchi Gallery) to purchase and raise money for the Non-Violence Project Foundation to continue their educational work.
Her first art exhibition was held in a chic uptown hairdressing salon where the mirrors were replaced with canvases painted with the female form and sensuality staring back at the viewer. Since then, this Australian artist has gained attention internationally, having sold pieces in New York, Paris, Detroit, Germany, Lebanon, Australia, and the U.K.
You might even recognize her work from Australia’s hit TV show, The Block (Channel Nine), having being featured in Hayden and Sara’s (2018 Winners) spare bedroom with her painting of gold lips called Goldies.
Melissa will hold a rare and exclusive exhibition in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday 26 March, called In Her Own Skin. The show will explore being confident in your own skin as well as female sensuality and divinity. She has collaborated with RAWWRR for this exhibition, where Wink Wink Melbourne will come alive for one night with twelve pieces available for purchase and live nude models walking amongst guests painted in her art.
In Her Own Skin
Thursday 26 March
6:30pm – 10pm
Wink Wink Melbourne, 134 Greville Street, Prahran
*Money raised will be donated to The Non-Violence Project Foundation and Wildlife Australia
For more information: https://labozzettaart.com/