"I have tried to convey something of mine, something personal, something that goes well beyond a style or a technique. I believe I can say that I have tried to hand down a piece of my heart: my heart as an artist"
Romano Cosci started to work at the art laboratories and foundries in Pietrasanta from the mid fifties. He met the sculptor Leonida Parma, who taught him the basics of sculpture and helped him create numerous marble works. He met Ferruccio Vezzoni, who became a very close friend and whose experience was a very important source of learning to the artist. His subsequent acquaintance with Pietro Annigoni played a key role in his education. He taught Painting at the Liceo Artistico of Carrara and Grosseto until 1986. His first exhibitions were acclaimed by the public and by critics: Galleria Bolzani, Milan; Antiquario and Capricorno Galleries, Vigevano; solo exhibition, Galleria il Quadrato, Montecatini; solo exhibitions, Montecatini 1990.
He received many important public commissions: frescoes 1994, Cattedrale di Martinafranca; "Ritratto di Pietro Annigoni"; "Ritratto del Beato Josemaría Escrivá", founder of Opus Dei, Chiesa di Sant'Eugenio, Rome; frescoes, marble low-reliefs; bronze "Via Crucis" 1999, Chiesa della Parrocchia del Beato Josemaría Escrivá, Tre Fontane, Rome; bronze group 1999, Fratelli delle Scuole Cristiane, Rome; "Beato Bartolo Longo" 2000, bronze work for the courtyard of the Institute, Pompei; "Santa Maria Josepha" (h 5 m., Carrara marble) 2002, side niche, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City; high relief for the altar, bronze, ambon, and fresco 2002, Cappella dell'Istituto dei Servi della Sofferenza, San Giovanni Rotondo; "Josemaría Escrivá" 2005, side niche, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City; he also created various celebrative medals and trophy sculptures, including one for the "Premio Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel Mondo" for the Circolo Fratelli Rosselli. In addition to the awards and recognitions obtained in Paestum, Varese and Milan, his works are included in public and private collections in Italy and abroad.
Many works by the artist are displayed in public spaces in the Apuan-Versilia area: "La Cena a Emmaus" and "L'Ultima Cena", frescoes, and "Portale d'Ingresso" 1990-1995, bronze, Chiesa di S. Antonio Abate, Ripa di Seravezza; "L'Ultima Cena" 1996, fresco, Chiesa del Corpus Domini, Massa; "Via Crucis", fifteen bronze panels, Chiesa del SS. Sacramento, Pietrasanta; "Sacerdoti Martiri in Versilia" 2001, bronze door; "Campana della Pace" 2004, bronze, Associazione Nuova Sant'Anna, Stazzema; "frescoes" 2005, entrance hall, Town Hall, Pietrasanta. In 2005, the artist received the "Premio Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel Mondo" and donated the bronze work, Il cavalletto, to the City of Pietrasanta.
Among the many shows he has taken part in in Versilia, of note are his solo exhibitions: Municipal Hall, Marina di Pietrasanta 1978; Villa La Versiliana, Marina di Pietrasanta 1985; Chiostro di S.Agostino, Pietrasanta 1992; Palazzo Mediceo, Seravezza 1996; "Laboratori", Museo del Marmo, Carrara 2000. He works in Pietrasanta at the Franco Cervietti, Paolo Nello Galeotti, Ulderigo Giannoni, Umberto Togni, Marble Studio Stagetti, Ferrari and Bacci laboratories and the Del Chiaro and Mariani foundries.
He was hospitalized an died at the Viareggio Hospital, in Lucca, on June 6th 2014.
The pictures published in the TimeLine were taken from www.cervietti.com