“I have never had and I still do not have now the presumption to work the glass but to simply indulge in it and leave it to him to shape me. Glass has been able to capture my best features in order to emphasize its own. We use each other with an unspoken agreement. With respect.”
Davide Penso was born in Venice in 1965 and he now lives in Murano. He approached glass in 1992, when he discovered that glass was a friendly material, something to dialogue with and something he could entrust his creativity to. Dedicating his life to glass was for Davide a conscious choice, made because of his genuine passion and also to challenge traditions, with the desire to innovate with creativity centuries of Murano glass art.
Davide Penso starts in this way and he approaches from the very beginning the work of ‘al lume’ Venetian glass, specializing in the creation of artistic glass beads. He then joins the world of jewellery glass creation; he brings innovation to it with different shapes and colours that immediately receive a great success. In fact, since the nineties he has been requested to collaborate with the most important brands in the artistic glass sector including Venini, Giorgio Vigna, Nason & Moretti, Pelikan, to design and create jewellery and bijouterie, and with the greatest fashion brands for the creation of their jewel collections. Davide’s artworks are noted by collectors of contemporary art and requested by art galleries and museums in Italy, the United States, Russia and Japan.
Since 2001 he has also devoted himself to teaching glass jewellery design at the Abate Zanetti glass school in Murano and since 2007 he has been requested by universities and design schools around the world. He is a professor of visual art at the University of Boston, at the Corning Museum in New York, at the Glass Furnace in Istanbul and at the Nuutajärvi Glass Village in Finland.
Are you interested in finding an artwork by the Davide Penso?
Museo Correr, Venice
Museo Fortuny, Venice
Guggenheim Museum, Venice
Corning Museum, New York
Museo del vetro, San Pietroburgo, Russia
Museo del vetro, Okabe, Gapan