"Sculpting means digging, it is a dialogue between full and empty, it means digging inside myself until reaching my essence"
Raffaella Robustelli

Biography

Raffaella Robustelli graduated in Economy and Commerce and became a Maths teacher in Verona. Here, she attended sculpture courses at the "Cignaroli" Academy of Fine Arts, showing keen interest in the work of local craftsmen and sculptors. 

Among her solo exhibitions: Studio Saviotti, Rome 1989; Galleria Le Arti, Ravenna 1990; Studio d'Arte Catelli, Milan 1991, 1992; Galleria La Meridiana, Verona 1991-1993; Rauracher Zentrum, Basel 1991; Palazzo Pretorio, Volterra, Pisa 1992, 1997; Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Sassuolo, Modena 1994; Società delle Belle Arti, Verona 1994; Palazzo Maffei, Verona 1997, 2006; Casa di Dante, Florence 1997; Galerie Esplanade, Bud Durkheim, Germany 1998-2001; Chiostro di Santa Croce, Florence 1998; Hamm Design Planning, Munich 1999; Fondazione Xante Battaglia, Milan 1999; Galerie Bertrand Kass, Innsbruck 2000-2001; Galerie 2016, Neuchâtel 2002; ex-Arsenale, Verona 2006; Castello, Villafranca, Verona 2006.

She took part in an extensive range of group exhibitions, such as: Association La Puissance de L'Art, Montreux, Switzerland 1990; Biennale Dantesca, Ravenna 1991, 1998; Sala d'Arte Comunale, Odense, Denmark 1991; Galleria Treves, Milan 1992; Premio Italia per le Arti Visive, Galleria Boccaccio, Certaldo, Florence 1992 and Town Hall, Florence 1993; Pinacoteca d'Arte Moderna, Piacenza 1993; Premio Nazionale Giambattista Tiepolo, Udine 1993; Società delle Belle Arti, Verona 1996, 2002; Chiostro dell'Ammannati, Florence 1997; Espace Gard, Nîmes 1997; Kaufhof, Munich 1997; Venetian Art Museum, Otaru, Japan 1997; Biennale d'Arte Contemporanea, Nîmes 1998; "Scultura Gioiello", Finter Bank Zurig, Lugano and Chiasso 1999; Premio Europ'Art, Castello della Mesola, Ferrara 2000; "Tondo", La Chapelle des Jésuites, Nîmes 2000 and La Tour Philippe le Bel, Villeneuve Lès Avignon 2001; III Biennale d'Arte Internazionale, Sale del Bramante, Rome 2000; "International Frankfurter Messe", Germany 2003; "International Symposium", Ma'a lot-Tarshiha, Israel 2005; "The Empire" 2006, London; Regione Toscana, Palazzo Panciatichi, Florence 2006; "East Finchleypen-Open" 2007, London. Her works are included in several public collections in Lama Mocogno Modena, Ruffano Lecce, Bassano del Grappa Vicenza, Mantova, Florence (German Institute of Culture and Regione Toscana), Pegli Genoa, Reana del Rojale Udine, Caorle Venice, Frosinone, Ma'a lot-Tarshiha Israel.

She arrived in the Apuan-Versilia area in 1986. She initially worked in Carrara at the Nicoli and Alberto Pisanelli studios, and then in Pietrasanta at the Henraux, Leonardi, Dante Nicolini, Cav. Ferdinando Palla, Pio Rossi, Studio Sem and Studio Lapis laboratories. In 1993, she held two solo exhibitions at Villa La Versiliana in Marina di Pietrasanta and at the Associazione Culturale Atelier in Carrara. She also took part in several group exhibitions, such as: "Terra Fuoco Pietra" 1992, Studio Alberici, Carrara; Biennale d'Arte, Marina di Carrara 1999; "50%: 100 Artisti in cantina" 2002, Fondazione Arkad, Seravezza and several shows organized by Associazione ASART 2003-2007. In 2004, she donated her work "Il Velo" to the City of Pietrasanta, now placed in Viale Roma, Focette, Marina di Pietrasanta.


The photographs published in the TimeLine were taken from the Artist's website www.robustelliscultrice.com

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