Lorenzo Malfatti

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He was born in 1959 in Viareggio.

He is interested in decorating and especially in the study of glass, material that fascinates him and kidnaps him.

Since 1986 he began to present his first works on painted wooden support molten glass inserts, as well as some polymateric sculptures also containing vitreous casting elements. It is through a private and personal alchemy, known only by the artist, overlapping macerated and properly treated, torn, remanufactured and glued papers that join the fragments of fabric, jute, spaghetti and fibers of glass that blend with filaments and metal fragments that reveal faint and intriguing flashing glows here and there between the oil pigments and acrylic paints. All this is still treated with fixatives and paints that seal this layer of heterogeneous materials and for this vital, mobile, often a mosaic arrangement of colored stains or areas where the artist plays fine tone on tone, create a vibrant surface, while still in its static, safe and refined expressive synthesis. In 2007 he started working with Aria Art Gallery and in 2009 he presented his solo exhibition in Aria Art Gallery, Florence.  

Lorenzo Malfatti was born in 1959 in Viareggio where he still lives and works. After completing highschool he explored various creative fields, ranging from music and theater, to restoration. His true passion, however, remains the art of drawing, which his painter father passed on to him. Throughout his childhood, Lorenzo spent countless hours in his father’s studio, where he became familiar with ink, oil colours and turpentine. He started to become interested in decoration and developed a singular attration to the world of glass. During the 80’s he began a long period of study, research and experimentation that led to the first works of fused glass, assemblage on painted wood and to the production of sculptures exploiting fused glass. He took part in several group exhibitions and in

1997 he presents his first personal exhibition. Since then he has been active primarily as a painter, prefering to work on large canvases, supported by a wooden frame. Since 2000 he has been one of the main presences of the Arte Daniele Luchetta in Venice, where his works are on permanent display and where he has already held two personal exhibits. In 2007 he was introduced to Aria Art Gallery where he realized an important personal exhibition creating a glass installation, presented for the first time, with videoprojection and music.

In October 2008 he exhibited in Brussels at the G. Berkowitsch gallery. In March of 2009 the artist commenced a research project in collaboration with NEST (the National Enterprise for Nano Science and Nano Technology, Scuola Superiore Normale di Pisa) into the interaction between light and glass, creating a new technology for the internal illumination of his piece, Monolite. In June of 2009 the artist presented a personal exhibition at the new centre of Aria Art Gallery, on Borgo Santi Apostoli, Florence.