Gianfranco Meggiato

Gianfranco Meggiato was born on August 26, 1963 in Venice, where he studied stone, bronze, wood and ceramics sculpture at the Istituto Statale d’Arte.

At the age of 16 and then 21, he was selected by the Municipality of Venice to exhibit his works at the Galleria Comunale Bevilacqua La Masa in San Marco Square, where he presented three culptures in Vicenza stone and semi-refractory clay.

In his work, Meggiato gets inspiration from great masters of the 20th century: Brancusi for his pursuit of the essential, Moore for the inside-outside relationship in his culptures about maternity, Calder for the sense of space. Space, in fact, is a real element in Meggiato’s work and empty parts become just as important as full parts.

The artist shapes his sculptures inspired by biomorphic tissue and the labyrinth, symbolizing the tortuous path of humanity looking for its essence, and revealing his recious soul. Meggiato thus invents the concept of “introsculpture” in which the observer point of view is drawn towards the inner part in the artwork, not only restricting on the surface. «On a formal level, space and light don’t define the work, sliding over it as if it were in-the-round; they indeed penetrate inside it, wrapping its lattices and tangles, reaching the central sphere point as as a quintessential point of arrival».

Starting from 1998, Meggiato has taken part in many exhibitions and art fairs all over the world, including USA, Canada, Great Britain, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Principality of Monaco, Ukraine, Russia, India, China, Arab Emirates, Kuwait, South Korea, Singapore, Taipei, Australia.

In 2007 he exhibited monumental sculptures at OPEN 10 International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, in Venice; between 2007 and 2009 he was active with many personal exhibitions as in the National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome; Palazzo Senato in Milan; Museo Correr (Marciana Library) in Venice. In 2009 he was at the Exhibition of Monumental Sculptures “Plaza” Milan, 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 2010 he put an installation of a monumental sphere on the Breath Building GEOX, Milan and he was asked to propose a solo exhibition at UBS BANK, Lugano. In 2011 and 2013 he was invited to exhibit his artworks at the Venice Biennale. In 2012, during Art Bre at Cap Martin, his Sfera Enigma (6 meters height) was presented to Prince Albert of Monaco and then installed at the port of Monte Carlo.

In 2014 the Lu.C.C.A. Center of Contemporary Art held a solo exhibition and invited him to participate in the collective “The restless twentieth century Vedova, Vasarely, Christo, Cattelan, Hirst and the Genesis of Third Millenium ”.

In December 2016 he exhibited a monumental sculpture Sirio Sphere (2 meters of diameter) in the Bayfront Park in Miami.

In February 2017 a retrospective with more than 50 artworks was inaugurated at the Nuova Scuola Grande della Misericordia in Venice; in the same year, in June, the MARCA museum of Catanzaro presented a great exhibition about his work, in four of the most important locations in the city: MARCA, Scolacium, MUSMI and MARCA Open with the “Garden of the Silent Muses”: an installation with a diameter of 20 meters hosting 8 monumental sculptures in a labyrinth composed of 4000 juta sandbags. “My Free Thought”, 3,00 mt. High, was the most majestic piece: he was located permanently in the International Sculpture Park, near a Tony Cragg’s sculpture.

In August 2017 he made the scenography for the Opera “CARMEN” for the Scolacium Archaeological Park.

In the same month Meggiato was selected to exhibit for the 20th anniversary of OPEN 20 International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, in Venice in conjunction with the Venice Film Festival. In October 2017 Gianfranco Meggiato received the prestigious ICOMOS-UNESCO award for having masterly combined the ancient and contemporary style in sculptural installations of strong evocative power and aesthetic value. More over, in the same month, in Pistoia – Italian Capital of Culture 2017-, he has invited to exhibit in the cathedral square with its installation “My Free Thought -The Silent Muses”.


Gianfranco Meggiato于1963年8月26日出生于威尼斯,在Istituto Statale d'Arte学习石头,青铜,木材和陶瓷雕塑。 在16岁和21岁时,他被威尼斯市政府选中在圣马可广场的Galleria Comunale Bevilacqua La Masa展出他的作品,在那里他展出了三件维琴察石和半耐火粘土雕塑。 在他的作品中,Meggiato从20世纪的伟大大师那里获得灵感:布朗库西在他的关于母性的雕塑中追求内在 - 外在关系的摩尔,考虑到空间感。事实上,空间是Meggiato工作中的一个真正元素,空白部分变得和整个部分一样重要。 艺术家塑造了他的灵感来自生物形态组织和迷宫的雕塑,象征着人类寻找其本质的曲折道路,并揭示了他虔诚的灵魂。 Meggiato因此发明了“内部雕塑”的概念,其中观察者的观点被画向艺术品的内部,而不仅仅限制在表面上。 «在一个正式的层面上,空间和光线并没有定义工作,在它上面滑动,好像它是在圆形的;它们确实穿透它内部,包裹着它的格子和缠结,到达中心球体点,就像一个典型的到达点» 从1998年开始,Meggiato参加了世界各地的许多展览和艺术博览会,包括美国,加拿大,英国,丹麦,德国,比利时,荷兰,法国,奥地利,瑞士,西班牙,葡萄牙,摩纳哥公国,乌克兰,俄罗斯,印度,中国,阿拉伯联合酋长国,科威特,韩国,新加坡,台北,澳大利亚。 2007年,他在威尼斯的OPEN 10国际雕塑和装置展上展出了纪念性雕塑;在2007年至2009年期间,他积极参与许多个人展览,如罗马国家乐器博物馆;米兰Palazzo Senato; Museo Correr(Marciana图书馆)在威尼斯。 2009年,他参加了纪念雕塑“广场”米兰展览,柏林墙倒塌20周年。 2010年,他在米兰的呼吸建筑GEOX上安装了一个巨大的球体装置,并要求他在卢加诺的瑞银银行举办个展。在2011年和2013年,他被邀请在威尼斯双年展上展出他的作品。 2012年,在Cap Martin的Art Bre期间,他的Sfera Enigma(高6米)被赠送给摩纳哥的阿尔伯特亲王,然后安装在蒙特卡洛港。2014年,Lu.C.C.A。当代艺术中心举办了个展,并邀请他参加集体“二十世纪不安的Vedova,Vasarely,Christo,Cattelan,Hirst和第三千年的创世纪”。 2016年12月,他在迈阿密的海湾公园展出了一尊纪念雕塑Sirio Sphere(直径2米)。 2017年2月,在威尼斯的Nuova Scuola Grande della Misericordia举办了一场有50多件艺术品的回顾展。同年6月,MARCA卡坦扎罗博物馆在该市四个最重要的地点举办了一场关于他作品的精彩展览:MARCA,Scolacium,MUSMI和MARCA Open与“沉默的缪斯花园”:一个直径20米的装置,在一个迷宫中装有8个巨大的雕塑,由4000个juta沙袋组成。 “我的自由思想”,3,00公吨。高,是最雄伟的作品:他永远位于国际雕塑公园,靠近托尼克拉格的雕塑。 2017年8月,他为Scolacium考古公园制作了歌剧“CARMEN”的舞台布景。 同月,Meggiato被选中参加威尼斯电影节,在威尼斯参加OPEN 20国际雕塑和装置展20周年。 2017年10月,Gianfranco Meggiato凭借强烈的唤起力和审美价值的雕塑装置巧妙地结合了古代和现代风格,获得了着名的ICOMOS-UNESCO奖。此外,在同一个月,在皮斯托亚 - 意大利文化之都2017-,他邀请在大教堂广场展出其装置“我的自由思想 - 沉默的缪斯”。


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