“I am an offspring of marble and no one can bend me to mould mud"
Born into a family of stone-cutters, Leonida Parma attended the School of Fine Arts and completed his studies at the Art School of Florence. He opened a sculpture studio together with Raffaello Trinci, an architect from Pietrasanta, with whom he created works that were highly appreciated in the Florentine art environment. He was an anti-fascist member of the Resistance in Versilia until February 1945. He opened a Studio immediately after the War, attended by artists such as Sergio Signori, Lorenzo Garaventa, Marino Marini and Barbieri.
He was among the first artists to use the diamond disc and angle grinder. Among his many works in Versilia, of note are: "Eternità" 1963, high-relief at the School of Ponte Stazzemese; the fountain "Gabbiano" in Marina di Pietrasanta of 1958; the bust of "Luigi Salvatori" exhibited in the Library of Pietrasanta; "Volto Santo", "Quattro mani" and the Triptych. He won a number of competitions and came in second at the competition held by Regione Puglia for the creation of a monument to "Umberto Giordano" for the main city square in Foggia. He worked for Da Prato Company, Chicago, entrusted with the task of reproducing a series of models of sacred images, receiving wide consensus among American clients. He taught Technical Applications at the Lower Secondary School attached to the Stagio Stagi Art School in Pietrasanta until 1969. Alongside sculpting in his own studio, he also created works at Ugo Antognazzi laboratory in Pietrasanta, which were displayed in two posthumous group exhibitions: "La storia scolpita-Castrogiovanni, Parma, Vezzoni" at the Luigi Russo Cultural Centre in 1995 and "I segni e le forme" in 2005.
The photographs published in the TimeLine were taken from the Museo dei Bozzetti website www.museodeibozzetti.it