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Andrea Viviani

1970 Trento, Italy

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  • About the Artist

Andrea Viviani's ceramic sculptures reflect the polymorphic variety and the dynamic development of natural complexity. It is extrapolated from the hermene block of earthenware that, through an alchemical operating process, mastered by the "artifex bonus" with great manual and technical skill in kneading and cooking, shaping and turning, unveils unexpected qualities of the material , thanks to the progressive emergence in reduction of oxygen of the minerals contained in the glazes that cover the surface, of metallic glows, opalescence effects, or ramature from gold to red-brown and from celestial to violet, following the dictates of the ancient Japanese technique cooking Raku, born in the sixteenth century AD process that, overcoming the mere mimesis, adapts to the metamorphic needs of natural matter to reveal its connotated beauty, subject to the unexpected and to the approximation, which puts the artist in a synergistic empathy with the biological rhythms of growth and germination of the ecosystem that surrounds it. Irregular forms of organic inspiration emerge, similar to volcanic basalts, rocky concretions, corals, iridescent stones, multi-faceted minerals, covered with graphemes with delicate pictorial virtuosity, or houses with metaphysical allure and grotesque expression fishes, sometimes stacked in totems from ascetic abstraction snaking upward in a proliferation of elements that expand outward into a perceptive relationship with the open and articulated environment. Their trend reflects the complexity of the natural elements, their angularity, their irregular pattern, their asymmetry and their imbalance, which is reflected in the unstable trembling of the vibration of the open and pulsating forms of the work and the dematerialization of their irregular surfaces. in the light that reflect the ungraspable incompleteness of life, in perennial transformation. After graduating in Political Economy, he will follow a completely different path that will lead him to take advantage of the multiform experimentalism of another Trentino, Fortunato Depero, in his desire to build complex plastic open to a phantasmagorical universe, veiled with musicality and irony, as he wanted "Futurist reconstruction of the universe", while Viviani's pictorial verve comes from the frequentation of the artist and designer Riccardo Schweizer who will direct him to Roger Capron, Picasso's potter after World War II, in Vallauris, in Provence, from whom he learns the techniques processing of ceramics that will develop in his laboratory in Madonna di Campiglio, where he currently lives and works. From these masters he also learns to make the multifaceted variety of forms, colors and signs, in continuous evolution, its specificity. His works thus take on a symbolic and totemic value from the intellectual encounter with the "liquid thought" of the sociologist Bauman: as opposed to the "submerged" life of the fish that perceive the external world through the senses, without elaborating them inside with a conscious mechanism and continually changing the form of thought, there is that of the coral, as hard as the thinker of Rodin who elaborates the experience direct from the inside and accumulates it. In Viviani's works, we impersonate both sides. The artist has exhibited in numerous public spaces in Italy, at MACRO testaccio and at the Museums of Villa Torlonia in Rome, at the Italian Pavilion of Expo 2015, at Villa Ghirlanda Silva of Cinisello Balsamo (Mi), at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Albissola Marina (Sv), at the Stella Palace in Genoa, in Providence, in the USA, in Berlin and at the Westerwald-Museum in Höhr-grenzhausen, Germany. The artist's works are present in the Museum of Fine Arts Academy "Pietro Vannucci" in Perugia, in the Museum of Ceramics in Carouge, in Switzerland, in the Westerwald-Museum in Höhr-grenzhausen, Germany, and in the Cielle Ceramics Museum of Castellamonte (To). In 2017 he won the First Prize at the International Ceramic Competition in Carouge, Geneva. In 2018 the Civic Museum of Gualdo Tadino (Pg) dedicated the personal exhibition Lost in ceramics.

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