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Lorenzo Malfatti

Lorenzo Malfatti

Lorenzo Malfatti was born in 1959 in Viareggio, Tuscany. After High school he began a training path within the field of artistic manufacture of glass. In mid 80s he base the MALò studio, he focuses on the research of glass melting, creating very important artworks for churches and palaces all round the world. From 2000 to 2005 he was art director of the VALDERAVETRO glassware, where he improves and refine his technique of glass melting, with inclusion of pigment and metal shards. In the same period he starts a collaboration with Danile Lucchetta’s gallery in Venice and with a kiln in Murano, he also does two personal exhibition and various collective shows. In 2007, he presents his solo show “Riflessioni” in Pietrasanta, this is a media path where light, matters and sound interact with each other in this very suggestive exhibition with big canvas, glass , video projection and music. During those years he creates totem with glass ad lights, monoliths made by hundreds sheets of glass with video projections passed through and light up with led lights. In paintings, he continues to work with glass encrusted in his canvas, or maybe in wood supports or sew-on linen sheets, in 2008 in Florence, he presents the exhibition “Arazzi” where he revisits with a contemporary point of view, the theme of tapestries. During the Autumn in 2008, in occasion of 150° anniversary of the birth of Giacomo Puccini, he was invited to set up an exhibition in Bruxelles at the Italian Institute of Culture, and in the same year he was in a collective exhibition about abstraction since post-war to the present day, implemented by Viareggio Cultural Department in the pinacoteca Palazzo Paolina. In February 2009, the city of Lucca sets up a retrospective exhibition about him, in Villa Guingi di Mataraia. In 2009/2010 he was invited by the Scuola Normale of Pisa and the NEST Center (National Enterprise for Science and nano technology) for the development of a project on the refraction of light within the glass, aimed at the synergy between Art and Science. One of his installations, "Cascata di Luce", in wood, glass and light, was published in the catalog "Gli Stati dell'Arte in Italia", the exhibition of all the regional pavilions of the fifty-fourth Venice Biennale. In 2015 he realizes, on behalf of the naval architecture firm Luca Dini, an installation on board the 60 m yacht. "SARASTAR" The work entitled "Tecnototem" is made up of 1200 sheets of glass, each one carved by hand by the artist and superimposed to form an 8 m high wall. And wide 3 with inside 700 Led that create games of light refraction.

He writes about his work:
"All my artistic research can be considered as long journey into the  LIGHT, to capture it, manipulate it and return it to the OPERA. Through the meticulous study of every smallest glare, reverberation and shadows that may derive, I transmit energy and dynamism to my creations, but above all I try to open gaps, passages to penetrate the material, in search of a primordial tension.
This is why I chose glass as an original material that characterizes my pictorial and sculptural works. Transparencies and reflections have become my palette: an infinity of uncontrollable but predictable chromatic, a crystallized fluid, pulsating with energy, that captures the light and returns it fragmented into endless stories to be reinvented; I have never tried to describe the visible, but to evoke the invisible, that hidden part that resides in the deepest recesses of our soul. There is a door, a key to my work that can induce those who observe them to be transported within an immaterial dimension; the glass constitutes the permeable area through which one goes beyond the outer dimension to cross the frontier of the immediate appearance and enter into the evocative one of the memory, where each one finds his own key of interpretation and interpretation of the emotion. This area is a sacred place for me, the starting point of a spiritual journey that has neither time nor space, an ancestral chromosome belonging to the human race that overcomes cultural, racial or religious barriers and leads us back to an essential relationship between our material dimension and the deeper dimension of the Soul. After all, I believe this is the profound meaning of art. “




1997 Cappella di Palazzo Mediceo, Seravezza(LU), Italy
1998 Galleria Il Mercadante, Levanto (SP), Italy
1999 Galleria L’ Arcolaio, Viareggio (LU), Italy
2000 Chiesa di S. Vidal, Venezia (VE), Italy
2001 Galleria La Subbia, Pietrasanta (LU), Italy
         Galleria Daniele Luchetta, Venezia (VE), Italy
         Galleria Vera Docci, Forte dei Marmi (LU), Italy
2002 Contemporanea, Galleria La Subbia, Forlì,Italy
2003 Galleria Daniele Luchetta, Venezia (VE), Italy
2006 Grand Hotel Bernini, (FI), Italy – galleria Barbara Paci –
         Galleria Daniele Luchetta, Venezia (VE), Italy
2007 ARIA Art Gallery Pietrasanta (LU)
2008 Galleria Maleky, Lugano, Switzerland
         Artour-o Firenze (FI), Italy
         Istituto Culturale Italiano di Bruxells
2009 Aria Art Gallery, Firenze (FI), Italy
         Fiera di Padova (PD), Italy
         Bottaccio, (MS), Italy



1996 Galleria Mercurio, Viareggio (LU)
1997 Galleria mercurio, Viareggio (LU)
1998 Rassegna di Arti Multimediali, Bagni di Lucca (LU)
2000 Galleria Prometeo, Cosenza (CS), Italy
2001 Galleria Il Libraio, Treviso (TV), Italy
         Contemporanea, Forlì, Italy  
2002 Galleria Il Libraio, Treviso (TV), Italy
         Ippodromo delle Capannelle, Roma (RM), Italy
         Contemporanea, Forlì, Italy
2003 Galleria Paolo Nanni, Bologna (BO), Italy
         Contemporanea, Forlì, Italy
         Arte Padova, Padova (PD), Italy
         S. Vito al Tagliamento, Pordenone (PD), Italy
         Galleria La Subbia, Pietrasanta (LU), Italy
2004 Galleria Vera Docci, Forte dei Marmi (LU), Italy
2005 Fiera di verona (VR), Italy
2006 Fiera di verona (VR), Italy
         Riparte, Napoli (NA), Italy
         Galleria Barbara Paci, Pietrasanta (LU), Italy
2007 ARIA Art Gallery, Pietrasanta (LU), Italy         
         Galleria Berkowitshc, Bruxells, Belgium  
2008 Museo Pinacoteca Palazzo Paolina, Viareggio (LU), Italy
2012 Instanbul Art Fair, Barbara Paci art gallery, Instanbul, Turkey
2017 Yatching Rendez-Vous, Viareggio, (LU), Italy
2018 Yatching Rendez-Vous, Viareggio, (LU), Italy
2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair - Barbara Paci Galleria d'Arte, Cape Town, South Africa