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Rome-based artist Andrea Sampaolo will be visiting Miami in the coming months to be present at the unveiling of his new mixed-media sculpture entitled “Meridiana Contemporanea,” at Poltrona Frau Group Miami in the Design District.
The date for this exhibition -to be announced in the coming weeks, will showcase Sampaolo’s latest creation based on a previous concept that the artist presented at the “2008 Recycle Art Symposium” in Delft, Holland and which was awarded the First Prize.
The sculpture entitled “Recycling the Wave of Air,” a monumental 2.5 x 1.7 meters mixed media piece was created in Sampaolo’s idea of showing the synthesis of man, woman, the air and the universe using recycle materials such as wood, aluminum, plexiglass with acrylic paintings.
Working in a visceral way, Sampaolo was inspired by the water, clouds and wind from the Dutch landscape using different tones of blue and leaving a hollow space in the middle of the award-winning sculpture.
“Recycle Art,” was a 12-day symposium project that comprised four main branches, symposium, exhibition, education and art community.
“We were 31 participating artists, 2 curators, 8 students, 3 technical assistants and 18 musicians sponsored by the Foundation World Art Delft,” said Sampaolo.
Based on a project initiated by Paula Kouwenhoven, “Recycle Art” brought many artists together from all over the world that expressed concern about humanity and about the planet showcasing their artistic renderings.
“When I learned about the results of the results of the symposium, I cried of joy and emotion because I understood that art was no longer a game for me, that it was indeed serious and real; From that moment on, I felt that I had a responsibility as an artist to keep producing art for people,” said Sampaolo.
“America is the place where Sampaolo meets the border he intends to overcome, the zero point, the mythical space of the forever new, forever possible,” said writer and poet Giovanni Burali d’Arezzo.
“His art draws directly from an aesthetically historical core, from the turn of the American avant-garde innovative frenzy of the 50’s which led to successive art movements like Pop Art and Graffiti,” said Burali d’Arezzo.
In November 2010, Sampaolo traveled to Miami to have his first retrospective (1997-2010) outside of Italy entitled “American,” a collection of 32 paintings belonging to his “Free Zone” series. He also performed a Live painting installation entitled “Cromatismi Sonori” or “Acoustic Chromatism” which was performed earlier in Rome with Jazz musician Javier Girotto.
The successful event was sponsored by the Istituto Nazionale per il Commercio Estero, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast, and Poltrona Frau Group Miami.
After receiving his degree as Art Professor in Rome in 1983, Sampaolo started to paint and exhibit his works in different galleries located in Rome and Turin. He also participated in different international painting symposiums in cities such as Luxor, Egypt, Maillniz, Austria and the Netherlands.
In 2001, Sampaolo participated as a designer for Slamp , a corporation that makes original lamps and objects designed by international architects, artists and designers using “Opalflex,” a plasto-vitreous material with unique properties of flexibility, opalescence and light diffusion.
At the famous Via del Corso in Rome in 2003, Sampaolo performed at the Benetton Showroom with his exhibition “Wishes come true” and in 2009 he participated at the “Kaunas Biennial Textile Lithuania,” the most significant event for contemporary textile art in Europe.
For the upcoming Poltrona Frau Group Miami exhibition, Sampaolo plans to connect with more returning clients and collectors of his previous works.
“I feel closer to people showing my works in a high-end furniture store rather than in gallery space, which nowadays I think it’s way too far from people,” he added.