Gianfranco Meggiato was born in Venice in 1963, where he attended the Istituto Statale d’Arte (art college) for five years, studying stone, bronze, wood, and ceramic sculpture.
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 sculptures 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.
Meggiato has no fear of responsibility or challenges; he has always shown attention and respect for the Renaissance arts and, perhaps partly because of this, has maintained an expressive code that is independent and recognisable over time, yet always changing.
His works are at the public and private collections in France, Italy, Spain, USA, Great Britain and other countries.
Intimacy and Sublime
Gianfranco Meggiato leaves nothing to chance while establishing nothing in advance in studies or preparatory drawings.
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 precious soul. Meggiato thus invents the concept of “intro sculpture” in which the observer point of view is drawn towards the inner part in the artwork, not only restricting on the surface.
Everything that looks ‘within reach of the eye’ morphs into an enigma to be solved while what appears contorted, cryptic and impenetrable breaks down magically before our eyes, provided we surrender to his work, temporarily becoming an active, integral part of it.
On a formal level, space and light do not delimit the work, sliding them around like a roundabout, but they penetrate inside, enveloping the lattices and tangles and coming to illuminate the central sphere as the ideal point of arrival.