Artist: Livio Seguso

  • Born in 1930 in Murano, where he still works, Livio Seguso began his life-long affair with glass from a very early age, fascinated by the inexhaustible appeal of that wonderful medium. After having achieved an in-depth knowledge of the traditional glassmaking techniques, and stimulated by his strong artistic sensitivity,  this artist turned to plastic forms, and his research led him to explore with avid interest the world of the of the great masters of contemporary sculpture. In those years, glass was not used as a medium of mere depiction, but it was in itself the very object of his artwork. Seguso’s mastery of his medium was such that it allowed him to express himself completely without being hampered by the limits of craftsmanship. The artist fully revealed the infinite potentialities of this mysterious material in an endless variation of spaces and thicknesses, always aiming at an absolute purity of forms. Livio Seguso reached his full artistic maturity in the late 70’s, when he totally abandoned the Murano glassmaking heritage, however noble, and began to focus on clear crystal, changeable and ambiguous in its transparency, the perfect medium for the artist’s uncontaminated imaginative vision. His sculptures could then manifest themselves in forms of absolute purity, non-mimetic and non-representational of anything, reaching out to seize the principle of a visible event that was undisclosed before that moment, and, in doing so, reveal the personality of the artist, attracted by synthesis and icastic form. His sculptures thus became Images of Light that seem to adapt themselves to thought only to fade away into a series of oneiric forms.In recent years, his artistic research overstepped the confines of the medium used, experimenting with other materials like steel, rock, marble, and granite, and, more recently, wood. His artwork also took a departure from his previous rounded or elliptical forms, and he began to conceive volumes in a more geometrical pattern. This in turn was to lead to an ideological turning point, not only in the choice of mediums and their poetical potential, but also to an ideational transmutation that enhanced the artist’s expressive possibilities. The new mediums, always used in combination with glass, exalt both the transparency of this material and the intensity of the light, and their ultimate purpose is to create an ideal union between intellectual rigor and the neatness of the volumes, between the sense of refined elegance and poetic imagination.

  • 1973 Galleria d’Arte ”Il Traghetto 1”,Venice, Italy

    1974 Galerie d’Art du Credit Comunal du Belgique, Namur, Belgium

    1980 Museo d’Arte Moderna Ca’ Pesaro, Venice, Italy

    1981 Palazzo Ducale di Mantova, Italy

    1983 Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany

    1984 tNational Gallery in Prague, Chech Rep.

    1984 Galleria d’Arte Il Traghetto, Venice, Italy

    1986 Heller Gallery, New York, USA

    1987 National Gallery Tölgyfa, Budapest, Hungary

    1988 Museo Re Stefano, Szekesfhervar, Hungary

    1990 Casa dei Congressi Rosengarten, Coburg, Germany

    1991 Habatat Gallery, Detroit, USA

    1991 Bugno & Samueli Art Gallery, Venice, Italy

    1992 Palazzo Pretorio, Certaldo Alto, Firenze, Italy

    1992 Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong

    1993 Heller Gallery, New York, USA

    1993 Festival Celebrating the Arts and Culture of Italy, Dublin, Ireland

    1993 City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland

    1998 Galleria Traghetto, Venice, Italy

    1998 Mediterranea, Art Contemporain Des Pays Mèditerranèens, Bruxelles, Belgium

    2001 Habatat Galleries, Michigan, USA

    2001 Ukai Museum, Kanagawa, Japan

    2002 Buschlen Mowatt Fine Art Gallery, California, USA

    2003 Traver Gallery, Seattle, USA

    2004 Alcorcòn Museum of Art , Alcorcòn Madrid, Spain

    2005 Bugno Art Gallery, Venice, Italy

    2006 Orie Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

    2006 Ukai Museum, Kanagawa, Japan

    2007 Casa dei Carraresi, Treviso, Italy

    2008 National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan