Igor Mitoraj

Igor-Mitoraj

Igor Mitoraj

was born in Oederan in 1944 to Polish mother and French father. After studying painting at the Art Institute and the Academy of Krakow, he participates in several group exhibitions. In 1974, the Krysztofrt Gallery in Warsaw hosts his first solo exhibition. In the sixties, after several trips to Paris, Mexico, Greece and the United States, he returns to Italy. In 1979, following his stay in Carrara, he decides to work with marble, beside bronze and terracotta, and it becomes one of his favorite mediums. In 1983 he moves to Pietrasanta, where he still lives. Among his monumental works, the bronze doors created for the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels and Martyrs (the official Italian State church) and Dea Roma along the Tiber in Rome. The sculpture Eroe Elimo, a tribute to the knights defeated by the classical civilizations, is placed on the waterfront of Palermo, between Cala and Corso Vittorio Emanuele, whilst the Fountain of the Centaur is found in Milan. The exhibition at the National Museum of Cast Sant’Angelo in 1985 confirms him as one of the most interesting figurative sculptors since World War II. In 2002 and 2006, he curates the sets and costumes for Manon Lescaut and Tosca by Giacomo Puccini staged in Torre del Lago, and for Aida in 2009 in the Boboli Gardens. He accomplishes that same year the door for the Jesuit Church in Warsaw. Open to dialogue between his works and archeology, following the show at the Trajan’s Market in Rome, he realises in 2011, upon the invitation of Lorenzo Zichichi, the sensational exhibition in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Stefano Contini is his gallerist.

 

Ernesto Lamagna

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Ernesto Lamagna

was born in Naples in 1945 where he lived most of his early youth and attended the Academy of Fine Arts.
He participated in several collective exhibitions organized in the capital, Turin and Milan, and was invited to create works in Germany, Holland, Sweden, France, England, the United States, Japan, among which: the Baptistery and the Sainte Vierge de Nôtre Dame du Liban, more than five meters high and sits on top of the Dome of the Maronite Church in Sydney, two sculptures of angels for the collection Blafford-Owen in Houston (USA), the Angel of Peace for the atrium of the CNR headquarters (Italian National Research Council) in Rome, the bronze Gate of Life for the Mariano Sanctuary in Rodi Garganico, the three monumental bronze doors for the Sanctuary of Bonaria in Cagliari, the doors for the San Filippo Neri Oratory of Molfetta, the Angel of the Third Millennium in Barletta, the Christ of the Pomegranate in Terlizzi (Puglia) and the Monument to Saint Benedict the Moor in San Fratello (Messina).
In 1992, the City of Rome commissioned Lamagna the Medal of Christmas of Rome to be realized in bronze, silver and gold, just as also Emilio Greco and Umberto Mastroianni had been asked in previous years. Lamagna was the secretary for sculpture of the Pontifical Academy of Fine Arts and Letters, Virtuosi al Pantheon in Rome, for several years. He is the creator of the Processional Hammer and Cross used for the Great Jubilee of the year 2000, which is now part of the Treasures of the Vatican Museum. In 2000 he created the Gates of the Pontifical Basilica of San Vito dei Normanni (Brindisi) and installed the bronze sculpture The Angel of Light at the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels and Martyrs in Rome. In 2002, one of his angels was displayed in front of the Sant'Andrea Hospital in Rome. In 2003 he participates with the sculpture Ecce Mater Dulcissima to the monumental exhibition, organized by the Vicariate of Rome, held in the Pantheon in Rome, in which only twenty-five artists were invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Pontificate of His Holiness John Paul II.
He exhibits his sculptures entitled De humanitate at the European Parliament in Brussels in 2007 and in 2010 he takes part in the exhibition Contemporary Art for the Temple of Zeus in the Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples, with his sculpture The Angel of the Valley of the Temples where it is still on display. He realized the doors, the pulpit and the baptistery of the New Church Mother of Pantelleria. He has been recently invited, the only living artist, to exhibit in group exhibitions along with Afro, Greco, Manzù, Mastroianni, Messina.

Alex Caminiti

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Alex Caminiti

was born in Messina in 1977. Self-taught artist, between 1995 and 2009 his works are exhibited in Portugal, Switzerland, Denmark, United States, Hungary and China. In 2010, he exhibits in three different galleries in Belgrade and in 2011 he participates at the Venice Biennale. In 2013 his works are shown in the United Arab Emirates in the exhibition The Bride Show. He was selected among more than one thousand artists from all over the world to exhibit at the Louvre, on occasion of the International Expo. Caminiti is showing in Shanghai with a solo exhibition of his recent works. Along with the Chilean Antonio Becerro and the Nubian Fathi Hassan, he has completed the ceiling of the auditorium of the Foundation Villa Piccolo of Capo d’Orlando. He lives and works in Messina.

Ettore de Conciliis

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Ettore de Conciliis

was born in Avellino in 1941. He studies Architecture in Naples and Rome, where he regularly visits the studio of the sculptor Marino Mazzacurati. In 1965 he completes the Mural of Peace (125 sqm) in Avellino, with the collaboration of the painter Rocco Falciano. In 1968, at the Center for Studies of Danilo Dolci in Trappeto (Palermo), he accomplishes the mural Sistema Clientelare Mafioso e non-violenza (200 sqm). In 1970 he works in Mexico City with the muralist painter David Alfaro Siqueiros in his Cultural Polyforum. He lives in New York for a couple of years and returns to Italy to create a work of land art, the Memorial of Portella della Ginestra, in Piana degli Albanesi (Palermo), site of the massacre of May 1947. In 1982 Enrico Crispolti curates his first retrospective in Rome. In 1983 he shows at the Rondanini Gallery in Rome, an exhibition curated by Maurizio Marini, Elio Chinol and Irving Layton. He begins to exhibit in New York at the Hammer Galleries (which will represent him in the United States for the next nine years). Since 2001 he is engaged in the construction of The Peace Park (12 hectares), the work of land art in La Pisana, Rome. Among his recent exhibitions, he has shown at Castel Sant’Angelo, the Museum of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg (2009), the Reggia of Caserta and Palazzo Sant’Elia of Palermo (2010). In 2011 he exhibits at the European Parliament in Brussels and participates at the LIV Venice Biennale (Italian Pavilion, Arsenale). In 2012, the Archaeological Area of Ostia Antica opens the new season to enhance the excavation site with a contemporary art show, exhibiting his works in the museum. He lives and works in Fiano Romano.

Teresa Emanuele

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Teresa Emanuele

was born in Rome in 1980. She abandons her career as a lawyer, and returns to Italy from the United States to devote herself to photography. She made her debut in 2007 in the capital with the exhibition Randomly-Casualmente. Since then she has participated in numerous group shows. In 2009 she exhibited at the Monogramma Gallery in Rome with the solo exhibition venerdìtredici. Her recent research focuses on the potential of direct printing on Plexiglas and glass. In 2011 at the Fashion and Style in Photography Festival in Moscow, she realises the solo exhibition Rushed and in the same year she participates at the LIV Venice Biennale in the Pavilion Lazio, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, with her first kinetic installation Without Shadow of Doubt. In 2012 Luca Beatrice curates the solo show Ecfrasi at the Contini Gallery in Venice, followed by the solo exhibitions Work to Become at the Il Cortile Gallery, on the occasion of the Festival FotoGrafia of Rome and Quod Vides, Totum curated by Dalya Islam at the Italian Institute of Culture in Jeddah.

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