Michelangelo Galliani Italy, b. 1975


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"The actual function of marble within art practice as a medium of sculptures is lifted by Galliani. He becomes the bearer of a drawing, in the same pure white as a canvas. This hybridisation and mutation of the material and the genres, combined with a recourse to classical tendencies, is characteristic for Michelangelo Galliani's oeuvre."



Born on 10 October 1975 in Montecchio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, where he still lives and works. Michelangelo Galliani began to work as a sculptor at an early age. The artist attended, initially, the Paolo Toschi Art Institute in Parma and, later, the Institute of Palazzo Spinelli in Florence, finally earning a degree in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara. Galliani, in addition to his activity as a sculptor, is Professor inMarble and Semi-Precious Stones Techniques at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino.

Galliani tenaciously challenges the stone and its hardness by carving it manually and methodically with surgical instruments. This unusual technique represents an important milestone in the development of his conceptual work and the creation of an original and refined style. Galliani focuses on expressions, twisting bodies, soft features and divine elegance, combining different traditions and technical accuracy: the result is a fascinating production where the works of art represent a varied interpretation, irrational and aesthetically appealing of classical sculpture. Although the artist uses in most sculptures the technique of the 'unfinished' to make them similar to ancient finds recently discovered, their dramatic expressions ensure that the work appears complete to the observer.

Without the use of preliminary sketches, the sculptural fragments are juxtaposed with metals such as brass, lead and iron, in order to obtain a contemporary and distinctive identity; through this technique, Galliani emphasizes the study that is the basis of his works, offering, at the same time, original compositions that deftlymanage the relationship between 3D sculptures and flat surfaces.


The artist has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both in Italy and internationally, exhibiting in London, Spain, Turkey and China. In 2005 he exhibited at the Biennale Giovani in Monza and in 2004 at the Quadriennale in Rome; in 2008 he won the Fabbri Award in Bologna. In 2014 he was selected as a finalist at the Open Art International Art Competition in Milan; in 2015 his works were in the foreground at the Italian Art Expo curated by Vittorio Sgarbi. In 2019 he won the prestigious Franco Cuomo International Award in the Art section for his original sculptural production and the special sensitivity with which he explores new ways of expression. 

Among the recent solo exhibitions, Nebula (2021) in the eighteenth-century halls of the Palazzo del Medico in Carrara, promoted by Vôtre contemporary spaces and with the collaboration of Cris Contini Contemporary and Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, Vertigo (2021), curated by Cris Contini Contemporary, at the Museo Casa Natale di Michelangelo Buonarroti in Caprese Michelangelo (AR), Noctilucent (2023), curated by Lorenzo Belli, organized by Alkedo aps in collaboration with Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, Cris Contini Contemporary and Terre Medicee, at the Spazio Cappella Marchi, Chiesa della Madonna del Carmine, Seravezza (LU). 

From 23 April to 27 November 2022 the artist participated in the Venice Biennale with the Pavilion of the Republic of San Marino at Palazzo Donà dalle Rose with his project Il Giardino Imperfetto, curated by Prof. Pasquale Lettieri.


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