May 15, 2016: Lino Vairetti is the founder and front man of the Italian psychedelic/progressive rock band OSANNA, composer, poet and sculptor. He is one of the authors of the Italian rock opera "Palepoli" (written in 1973) and recipient of two Premio Della Critica Discografica prizes.
The artist was one of the first rock musicians to use makeup and staging elements for creation of the show. In their concert makeups OSANNA musicians frequently use Picasso art motives, and traditional multicolored masks as worn by Pulchinella, a character in the commedia dell'arte of the 17th century. Some researchers believe the mask was designed sometime in the late 16th century in the neighborhood of Naples. The mythology of the old and new Naples - Palepolitania - is dedicated to Goffredo Mameli, author of the lyrics of the national anthem of Italy and is reflected in Lino Vairetti's music and art.
Earlier in November 2015 Mr. Vairetti participated in the group exhibition of four Italian artists "I Rosamilia + Vairetti"
, which was held at Taganrog Museum of Art within the framework of the Russian National Year of Literature and 155th Anton Chekhov birthday anniversary. In March 2016 the artist participated in the social and cultural project "Rock Without Borders"
offering press conferences, gatherings, lectures, autograph signing sessions, photo shoot sessions, rehearsals and other events. The program's highest point was OSANNA and Taganrog-based rock band Bez Dna gathering onstage of Taganrog's GDK (Community Center) on March 6, 2016.
In May 2016 Lino Vairetti returned to Taganrog to participate at 10th International Book Festival with his personal exhibition of 9 multimedia artworks grouped under the title "Digital Patchwork". The main subject in all of the paintings is the city of Naples, Italy - the place that has inspired the visiting artist as well as many other writers, artists and actors of the world.