The Relais Monastero Santa Teresa located in Nardò has been regardedas an emblem of charm and refined hospitality in Europe. Today, an audacious encounter with contemporary art, gives to light, within the space of the ancient Baronial Palace of the XIII century converted into a monastery, to a site-specific installation that interacts with the environment between inside and outside. The fascinating complexity of the venue, creates the perfect "short circuit" between a deeppast and the present time, dialoguing in a game of references with the thought-provoking social and cultural themes of artistic research.

Art @The Monastery is a collection of prominent artists from the local and international scene.

Art Boutique Hotel is a concept for travelers and art lovers where the hotel stay becomes a cultural experience. Visitors can purchase works of art at the hotel and book an appointment with an expert for art advisory. The cultural approach is enhanced by a calendar of meetings open to the public with curators, artists and collectors in dialogue with the guests of the Relais.

Andrea Schifano


Andrea Schifano is a young Salentine painter, born in Poggiardo (Le) in 1989. He graduated in Painting with honors at the Academy of Fine Arts of Lecce, and during the last years of his studies he began to deepen a personal pictorial language that today characterizes most of its production. In his oil paintings, details of shapes and natural materials, represented as if they were observed through a magnifying glass, reconfigure unexpected textures and warps, creating mental and introspective landscapes, in the constant search for a "depth" in the surface. In addition to painting, his favorite language, Andrea Schifano also confronts and measures himself with the site-specific installation.

Francesco Bidetti


Francesco Bidetti, artist from Salento, born in 1989 in Galatina, province of Lecce. His watercolors represent dream journeys and grotesque situations. It is characterized by the originality of the line and suggestive pictorialisms. Appreciated the ability to use color. He illustrated a scientific publication for children on the usefulness of vaccines.

Daniele Dell'Angelo Custode


Daniele Dell'Angelo Custode was born in Mettman (Germany) in 1961, from immigrant parents. Once back in Italy, he attended the Art Institute of Nardò, in the home town of origin. Since his young age he started to experiment working the metal in his father's laboratory, in fact, his first creations date back to the 80s. From the very beginning he had a very special intuition in realizing the expressive potential of the metal element, deeply understanding and researching all its possible variants. Under his hands, a hard material like iron becomes docile like paper or clay because of the plasticity it manages to obtain. In such way also the works mostly vocated  to abstractionism have a very strong communicative effect. Particular emphasis is given by the artist at his concept of ​​territoriality that expands throughart the cultural and historical roots: one of his most recent and iconic study (still in progress) is inspired by the archaeological finding of an extinct prehistoric animal (the bull) that is the emblem of his city of origin, as well as the totemic works that were inspired by the archaicconstructions (dolmens and menhirs) of southern Italy. Dell’Angelo Custode, equally at ease with the abstract works and with figurative ones, creates installations from treated, abraded, scratched, bent metal surfaces, as well as monumental works that burst onto the urban scene of the squares, historical sites and parks in dialogue with the enviroment.

He has exhibited widely at international level in solo and collective exhibitions in vibrant cities such as Paris, Brussels, London, Berlin, Dubai, Lecce, Matera, Turin. He has a solid collectionism and works with public and private commissions.

Cosimo Marullo


Cosimo Marullo, born in Lecce in 1959 and resident in Surbo. During his artistic career he personally organized his most important exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography. Many of these exhibitions have been realized with the collaboration and patronage of public bodies in Italy. The traveling exhibition in 1992 entitled "COLORI E MITI DEL SALENTO" deserves special attention. This exhibition, set up in the cities of Treviso, Acireale, Assisi and Sanremo, has made it possible to make Salento known from the north to the south of Italy through a considerable organizational effort.

Christos Pallantzas


Christos Pallantzas is one of the most relevant artists from Greece. Also recognized at international level as one of the most refined examples of  “Contemporary Master”. Pallantzas was born in Larissa, Greece, in 1962. He studied Painting at the Athens Academy of Fine Arts, under Dimitris Mytaras, Nikos Kessanlis and Dimosthenis Kokkinidis ,from 1982-1989.  He has been awarded  by the French Government with a grant of the Ecolé Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts de Paris at the atelier de la peinture of Pierre Carron, where he refined his artistic research and attended his post graduated studies. Pallanztas has studied in depth the great masters of the past  and metabolized certain creative processes, but he expresses himself in total autonomy, strong in his vision of reality and his great ability to transpose his inner universe onto the canvas. Today many of his s works can be found in the Greek National Gallery, the Benaki Museum, the Florina Museum, the Kouvoutsakis Art Collection, the Frissiras Museum, the Agricultural Bank of Greece Collection, the Heracles Group of Companies Collection, and other private museums and collections in Greece and abroad. Moreover, his work was selected as representative of Greek Contemporary Art during the Olympic Games of 2004.

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