"My sculptures are spatial architecture organized with lines and organic shapes, 'ancestral symbolism'”
Andrea Grassi was born in 1938 in Massa Carrara. He graduated at the Art Institute of Massa, attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, and in 1965 the "Academie des Beaux Arts" in Paris. During his studies, he made practical experience at Studio Soldani in Massa. Between 1965 and 1975 he worked in Paris, Milan and Pietrasanta, where, together with other artists, he created "Artisti e Artigiani in un Centro Storico" in Piazza del Duomo. Since 1966 he is professor of Sculpture in several different Italian Academies of Fine Arts, currently in Venice. He created his first works in Massa at Laboratorio Augusto Angeli and then continued in Pietrasanta at Studio Sem, Ugo Antognazzi, Rossano Luchinelli, and Fonderie Mariani, Belfiore, Versiliese, Tommasi, L'Arte, Tesconi and Giuntoli foundries, and at Carrara A.M.A. and Statuaria Arte.
In 1977 he won an "Artist-in-Residence" prize at Roswell Museum in New Mexico, where he moved with his family. In 1979 he opened a home-studio in New York, keeping close contacts with Versilia until 1994, when he returned to Italy and settled in Camaiore.
Among his main works: Galleria S. Francisco, Lisbon, 1971; Galerie L. 55, Parigi, 1973; 1975; Musée de Tessé, Le Mans, 1974; Galleria Ada Zunino, Milan, 1976; IE Gallery, Copenhagen, 1977; Roswell Museum, Roswell, New Mexico, 1977; Shidoni Gallery, Tesuque, New Mexico, 1979; Rizzoli Gallery, New York, 1982; Nippon Club, New York, 1982; Nahas Gallery, New York, 1985; Gallery Art 54, New York, 1986; 1987; 1988; Public Library, Port Washington, New York, 1990; The Molly-Rose Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida, 1993. His works are present in numerous public and private collections, among which: Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Public Museum, Cholet, France; Roswell Museum, New Mexico; Botanical Garden and Park, Hebrew Home, New York; Museo "G. Bargellini", Pieve di Cento.
Important is his presence at exhibitions in the Apuan-Versilia area, among which: Galleria La Tavolozza, Marina di Massa, 1960; Galleria Michelangelo, Massa, 1971; La Verdina, Camaiore, Lucca, 1973; Versilia Sport Club, Forte dei Marmi, Lucca, 1976; A.A.S.T., Marina di Massa, Massa, 1979; Forte dei Marmi, Lucca, 1983; Galleria Piazzetta dell'Arte Pegaso, Forte dei Marmi, Lucca, 1991; Centro Culturale "L. Russo", Pietrasanta, Lucca, 1995; Marignana, Lucca, 2001; Circolo Versilia Tennis Club, Querceta, Lucca, 2003.
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