During SetUp Contemporary Art Fair the first edition of the Prize promoted by A.T. Cross Company for Art took place. We won the prize with the artwork by Denis Riva "Nuova sorgente"

On February 3rd, the Seventh edition of SetUp Contemporary Art Fair, the independent fair dedicated to emerging contemporary art came to an end. We joined the art fair with the artists David Aaron Angeli, Denis Riva and Margherita Paoletti.

As part of this edition of SetUp Contemporary Art Fair, took place for the first time the A.T. Cross Company Prize for Art, which has awarded, among the candidates, the best artist whose work has been realized on the paper of the SMLT brand. The award was strongly desired by the entrepreneur Lorenzo Motta, a great art lover who, together with his partner in Santara Marco Rossi, considered that the collaboration with the Bologna fair could better express the potential of the paper as an enhancing element of a work.

The task of choosing the winner has been entrusted to a selection board, composed of Lorenzo Motta, Simona Gavioli - the Art Fair director, and a jury of experts selected by SetUp Contemporary Art Fair.

We are pleased to annouce that the commission has chosen the artist Denis Riva with the work "Nuova Sorgente", awarding it

“for the undisputed ability to enhance the paper without distorting it, but making naturally stand out the authentic qualities derived from the production standard in high quality.”

Denis Riva signs his artwork "Nuova sorgente"

Camilla Nacci, Denis Riva, Lorenzo Motta, Simona Gavioli and Davide Raffaelli in Cellar Contemporary booth with the winner artwork

Lorenzo Motta, Santara CEO, with the artist Denis Riva and the artwork "Nuova Sorgente"

Santara purchases the selected work and gives to the artist the paper to realize a new series of artworks.

Moreover, Santara will promote the catalog by Denis Riva, which will be published soon by Il Rio Edizioni for his solo show "Avanzato stato di composizione