Michelangelo Galliani Italy, b. 1975
Michelangelo GallianiLife, 2020White Carrara Marble, Steel and lead170x160x95 cm
With base 280x160x25 cm
With base 88.58x37.4x8.66 in
Michelangelo GallianiPink Mirror, 2020Pink Portuguese Marble and Platinum Ceramic43x43x20 cm
Michelangelo GallianiIcons, 2019Carrara Statuario marble, black Marquinia marble and gilding45 x 45 x 48 cm
17.7 x 17.7 x 18.9 in
Michelangelo GallianiLEFT HAND, 2019Ceramic and white Carrara marble.20 x 20 x 60 cm
7.9 x 7.9 x 23.6 in
Michelangelo GallianiMirror, 2019Carrara Marble and brass40 x 40 cm
15.75 x 15.75 in
Michelangelo GallianiAmore, 2018Statuario Carrara marble, glass, and stainless steel100 x 76 x 38 cm
39.4 x 30.0 x 15.0 in
Michelangelo GallianiBlack Mirror, 2018Statuario marble from Carrara, steel and polycarbonate46 x 46 x 15 cm
18.1 x 18.1 x 5.9 in
Michelangelo GallianiGold Self Portrait, 2018Gold Ceramic on stainless steel32 x 32 cm
12.6 x 12.6 in3/6
Michelangelo GallianiMatrice, 2012Carrara marble and steel265 x 60 x 48 cm
104.3 x 123.6 x 18.9 in
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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 Montecchio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy in 1975
Michelangelo Galliani began working as a sculptor at a very young age. The artist first attended the Art Institute Paolo Toschi in Parma and later the Institute Palazzo Spinelli in Florence, culminating with a degree from Carrara's Academy of Fine Arts specialising in sculpture.
Galliani tenaciously challenges the stone and its hardness by manually and methodically carving it using surgical instruments. This unusual technique marks an important milestone in the growth of his conceptual work and the creation of an original and exquisite style.
Galliani focus on expressions, contorted bodies, soft carved features and divine elegance combining different traditions and employing his technical accuracy, the result is a mesmerising production of artworks that present a varied, irrational, and aesthetically captivating interpretation of classical sculpture. Although the majority of his sculptures employ the 'non finito' technique (unfinished) to purposefully make them resemble recently discovered antique sculptures, their dramatic expressions ensure that the artwork appears complete to the viewer. Without preparing preliminary sketches, the sculpted fragments are then juxtaposed with metals, such as brass, lead, and iron, to achieve a contemporary and distinctive identity, through this technique, the artist emphasises the artworks' didacticism, while also offering original compositions that skillfully handle the relation between 3D sculptures and flat surfaces.
The artist has been repeatedly participated in solo and group exhibitions, both in Italy and in international locations, including Spain, Istanbul and China. His artworks were featured at the 2015 Expo Arte Italiana curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, in 2014 he was selected as one of the finalists at the "Open to Art" International Art Competition in Milan, in 2008 he wins the 1st prize at the Premio Fabbri, Bologna, in 2005 he exhibited at the Biennale Giovani of Monza and in 2004 at the Rome Quadriennale.
In addition to his work as a sculptor Galliani works as a professor of "Techniques of marble and precious stones" at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino.
Sensitive SurfacesMICHELANGELO GALLIANI 28 Jun - 5 Sep 2019Sensitive Surfaces by Michelangelo Galliani 28th June - 5th September 2019 at Contini Contemporary Art Gallery, Mayfair London - Maayfair Art Weekend 2019
The exhibition will display a collection of Michelangelo Galliani 3D sculptures and flat surfaces which incorporates heads, torsos, limbs, fragments of stories that turn into more structured unities. Michelangelo Galliani is a master of triggering feelings: skilfully combining heterogeneous materials such as marble, steel, wax, slate, ceramic, lead and gold the artist composes splendid metamorphic figures.
ArtVerona Digital 20204 - 14 Dec 2020This year Art Verona inaugurates its new digital format ART VERONA DIGITAL 2020. Do not miss Cris Contini Contemporary's selection, until 14th December.
AD INTEGRUM4 Michelangelo Galliani’s artworks in S. Celso. 23 Oct - 8 Dec 2020AD INTEGRUM, 4 MICHELANGELO GALLIANI’S ARTWORKS IN S.CELSO Curated by Angela Madesani 23 October - 15 November 2020 at San Celsio, Milan Italy
Art & Design | Milano Design City 2020Andrea Castrignano - Michelangelo Galliani 28 Sep - 10 Oct 2020Art & Design | Milano Design City 2020, the Fuorisalone 2020 project by Andrea Castrignano. From 28 Sept to 10 oct 2020. Undici artisti accreditati tra cui Michelangelo Galliani e altrettante Aziende partner che consolidano il loro ruolo di innovatori nel campo del design e dell’interior project. Even accredited artists and eleven partner companies will consolidate their role as innovators in the field of design and interior design.
Franco Cuomo International AwardSculptor Michelangelo Galliani awarded Dec 4, 2019VI EDITION FRANCO CUOMO INTERNATIONAL AWARD AWARDED IN THE ARTS SECTION 2019 Michelangelo Galliani THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER THE 4TH AT...
ARTREEOmar Galliani, Michelangelo Galliani, Massimiliano Galliani 12 Oct - 12 Dec 2019Where Burri was born, where the young Raffaello made his first steps, Galleria delle Arti in Cittá di Castello (PG) directed by Luigi Amadei since...
Contemporary art for marginalised peopleChristie's charity auction in support of women victims of violence organised by Alliance for African Assistance Italy 11 - 16 Jul 2019Contemporary art for the marginalized is the charity auction organised by Alliance for African Assistance Italy (AAA Italy), in collaboration with Christie's, Il Cigno Edizioni and Cris Contini Contemporary Gallery, in support of women who were victims of violence. in Roma at San Salvatore in Lauro Museums on the 16th July 2019. ENDLESS will be presenting a live painting performanceduring the auction infusing classic Roman imagery with his own iconic works in a piece he has titled ‘Roman Chapel’.
Sensitive Surfaces Workshopministered by the Italian sculptor Michelangelo Galliani Jun 29, 2019Sensitive Surfaces Workshop at Cris Contini Contemporary Art Gallery ministered by the Italian sculptor Michelangelo Galliani on 29th Jun 3-5 pm in occasion of the Mayfair Art Weekend Event
La Via d'OroMichelangelo Galliani 11 May - 30 Jun 2019La Via d'oro (The golden road) exhibition by MIchelangelo Galliani's solo exhibition from the 11th of May to the 30th of June 2019 at the Contemporary Art Gallery of Palazzo Ducale nel Frignano, of Pavullo, curated by the Director Paolo Donini, in collaboration with Cris Contini Contemporary Gallery of London. The show will exhibit Michelangelo Galliani's works, established sculptor on the Italian and international scene and professor of Tecnhiques of Marble and Stones at the Urbino Academy of Fine Art.
ArtVerona Digital 20204 - 14 Dec 2020This year Art Verona inaugurates its new digital format ART VERONA DIGITAL 2020. Since the beginning of Cris Contini Contemporary adventure, the digital aspect has been extremely important, and we are pleased to have taken up this challenge with the Art Verona team. Do not miss Cris Contini Contemporary's selection on Art Verona Digital 2020, until 14th December. Quest'anno Art Verona inaugura il nuovo formato digitale ART VERONA DIGITAL 2020. Fin dall'inizio della nostra avventura con Cris Contini Contemporary, l'aspetto digitale è sempre stato estremamente importante e siamo lieti di...