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Giancarlo Biagi

1952

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Biography

Giancarlo Biagi was born in Pietrasanta, Italy. From a very young age, he has been involved with the arts: attending the Istituto d'Arte Stagio Stagi of Pietrasanta and apprenticing at the Tommasi and other local foundries. Maestro Jacques Lipchitz was a mentor and encouraged his sculptural development.

At the age of twenty-one, Biagi moved to the United States, first to New York City, then to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where in 1975 he had his first exhibtion in the US at the Shidoni Outdoor Exhibit. As a recipient of a grant in 1978, Biagi returned to New York and attended the Art Students League.

For the past twenty years, in collaboration with his partner Jill Burkee, Biagi has designed and continues to fabricate commissioned works which can be found in museum and private collections: Monte Senario, Florence; Museum della Resistenza, Stazzema; Museo dei Bozzetti, Pietrasanta; The British Museum, London; Annenberg Estates; and the Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation, Milan.

In 2007, encourage by gallery friends, Hans P. Kraus, among others, Biagi began to create a line of art furniture for exhibition purposes. His influence in design, materials, and motif comes from antiquity - Etruscan as well as Roman. His techniques are drawn from ancient methods found in the work of the Hittites, Minoan, and Pompeian civilizations. He maintains studios in New York City and Pietrasanta.