"The projects that mark my journey are those that have the character of research, of challenge, of exceeding limits"
A complex artist with a personality split between a sculpture technique of Classicist training and the taste for anti-conventional experimentation typical of contemporary art. In 2001 he graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Turin. The subsequent year, he was working in Carrara for the marble production that will bring him to the attention of the media – a true sailing ship carved from a sole block of marble that can host up to three passengers, designed as if finalized towards an art performance. The sculptor himself went out to sea on his ship, producing a documentary video, too.
His first solo exhibitions saw him involved with “Ahgalla” in 2002 at the Carrara Port and in Turin. In 2003 he created “Carte” at the Abbazia di Novalese in Susa, Turin; in 2004, “Volere Volare” at Galleria Placentia Arte Contemporanea in Piacenza. 2005 was the year of the mis-en-scene “Kick-starter” at the Gas Art Gallery in Turin and “Opera Rotas” at Milan’s Galleria Rubin. The year after, “Souvenirs” at Gagliardi Art System in Turin. Between 2009 and 2011 he worked in Russia to bring marble to Moscow and to St. Petersburg. He participated in several group exhibition, among which, in 2008, “Qui vive?”, “Biennale Internazionale per Giovani Artisti” and “Experimenta”, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2010, at Villa la Versiliana in Pietrasanta, he took part in “2d3d” and in “La scultura italiana del XXI secolo”, curated by Marco Meneguzzo at Milan’s Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation.
In 2011 “One, Another”, curated by Stefanie Roach at the Flag Art Foundation in New York. That same year came “GranTorino”, curated by Francesco Poli and Paolo Facelli, at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum in Miami. In 2012, “Primo piano d'artista”, curated by Alessandra Galasso, at Milan’s Museo del Novecento. He also won the first edition of the Henraux Foundation Award with the work “Arrivederci e grazie!”, almost a tribute to the Duchamp model. He also won the “Premio Cairo 2014” with “La Suprema”, a marble work depicting an exaggerated-sized wooden crate of fruit that well embodies the characteristics typical of the artist’s work: the desire to transmit lightness albeit in a material such as marble and using a poor and unconventional subject. He also received the special “Progetto Cavour” commission from the Quirinal, a commemorative monument. Still in 2014, he participated in “Icastica” in Arezzo and in “Summer Sculpture”, at Sperone Westwater in New York. In 2015 he inaugurated a solo show in Pietrasanta entitled “Punk” that included a selection of his major works at Galleria Poggiali e Forconi: in this collection, we can admire his remakes of the icons taken from the Classics, tattooed in the way of Russian criminals, the series “Pneumatici Borchiati”, works echoing with Egyptian religiousness, and other isolated works.
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