Signed,2019, Soft glass, lampworked coe 104, and iron barbed wire, 18h x 13w x 11d
· Mauro Bonaventura was born in Venice in 1965. In 1983, after gaining a diploma in electronics and awaiting his first job, he began working almost by chance in Venetian glassworks. In 1992, thanks to his friendship with a lampworking craftsman, he began learning this technique. Fascinated by the creative and artistic aspect of the glass trade, in 2003 he obtained a diploma at the Art Lyceum in Venice, where he learned the techniques of drawing, painting, and sculpture, but above all studied the human figure.
· Bonaventura’s works fully reflect his interests, his educational background, and his life. They are often objects of intricate forms, usually spheres created from a not entirely chance tangle of flexible colored glass threads, that on one hand recall electrical circuits, on the other the branchings of nerve cells.
· It almost seems that Bonaventura’s works release an opposing tension that on one hand clutches and enfolds his figures in the multicolored skeins that imprison them and from above opens the door for them to another world of distant freedom, perhaps the most important, that of the spirit and of ideas
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