“Being born in Pietrasanta, it is almost impossible not to become involved and overwhelmed by this place… As a little girl I thought that it was magic, that marble cached something and so I thought “I want to do that, too!’”
Roberta Giovannini

Biography

In 1967 she graduated from the Istituto d’Arte “Stagio Stagi” in Pietrasanta and in 1971 obtained a degree in Sculpture from Carrara’s Academy of Fine Arts. She collaborated with internationally renowned contemporary sculptors (among whom Fernando Botero, Jeff Koons, Igor Mitoraj, Ivan Theimer, Helaine Blumenfeld and Novello Finotti), and continued her personal research in this field, focusing her attention also on the artistic object for home decorating. She has received several acknowledgements, among which the “Bronze Medal” at the Salon de Paris, 1991 and the “First Prize” at the “International Sculpture Exhibition” in Avignon, 1992.

Her large-size sculptures are found in Guam, USA West Edmonton, Canada. In 1995 she directed the restoration of the sculptures at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus in Singapore, creating also new elements. Among her solo exhibitions: Aspen, Colorado, USA, 1976; “Viaggio a Zig Zag”, Spazioarte Pisanello, Fondazione Toniolo, Church of S. Fermo, Verona, 2001; “Terre e Sogni”, Valenza Gioielli 2001, Palazzo Mostre, Valenza, 2001; Libreria Seeber, Florence, 2002; “Ho un Mare di Cose da Fare”, Foyer degli Artisti, Florence, and “L’Occhio in Arte” Art Gallery, Rome, 2002; Contat Art Gallery, Paris, 2003.

Among her major group exhibitions: “Salon de Paris”, France, 1991; “International Sculpture Exhibition”, Avignon, France, 1991; “Immortalised in Stone”, Polybuilding Showroom, Singapore, 1997; Flash Art Museum, Trevi, 1998; Museo Pianeta Azzurro, Fregene, Rome, 1998; Collegiata di San Lorenzo, Montevarchi, Arezzo, 2000; Rocca Sanvitale, Fontanellato, Parma, 2001; Sala del Granaio Grande, Altopascio, Lucca,  2001; “Riflessi sull’Acqua”, Ippodromo Capannelle, Rome, 2002; Foyer degli Artisti, Florence, 2003; Limonaia Villa Strozzi, Florence, 2003; “Quattro voci”, Bàtiment Charlemagne, Brussels, 2003; “ArtExpo900”, Monte Carlo, France, 2004; Carpegna, Pesaro-Urbino, 2007; Galleria XXIII, Cattolica, Rimini, 2007; “Italia Expo Fiera”, Denmark 2008.

Besides working in her own laboratory-workshop, the artist also works at the Fonderie Da Prato, Mariani and L’Arte foundries in Pietrasanta. She has participated in several exhibitions in the Apuan-Versilia area, among which: Galleria del Sale, Viareggio, 1978; “Scultori e Artigiani in un centro storico”, Pietrasanta, 1979; “Scultura alla Versiliana”, Marina di Pietrasanta, 1982; Il passato e la presenza, II edition Pietrasanta, 1983; “Scultrici in Versilia”, 1983, “La donna creativa”, 1984, “Il disegno degli scultori”, 1988, “Ad Occhi Aperti”, 1995; 1999, “Segni d’Acqua”, solo exhibition, 1999, “12 Segni per 12 Artisti”, 2000, DonnaScultura, 2003 at the Centro Culturale “Luigi Russo” di Pietrasanta; “Omaggio a Sem”, Church of S. Agostino, Pietrasanta, 1997; Studio d’Arte “La Subbia” art studio, Pietrasanta, 1998; 2001; Pietrasanta: “Sculture e Scultori”, Pietrasanta, 2002; “Salviamo il Duomo”, Pietrasanta, 2002; 2003; 2004; “Immagini della memoria”, Torre Matilde, Viareggio, Lucca 2003; Castello Malaspina Fosdinovo, Massa, solo exhibition, 2005; “Presepe d’Autore”, Viareggio, Lucca, solo exhibition, 2005.


The photographs published in the TimeLine were taken from the websites:
www.museodeibozzetti.it, commons.wikimedia.org, www.undo.net

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