“I love drawing and creating images and sculptures with glass. These representations are so real that I could almost feel pain in my heart and find myself happy for creating what have been, up to that moment, eating up my soul. Mine is an artistic activity, a combination of pain and suffering, but which makes me live happily.”
Pino Signoretto suddenly left us on December 30th, 2017. He was one of the greatest glass artists of the twentieth century and of the last 20 years. He lived in Murano but he was born on the mainland, in Favaro Veneto. The glass bewitched him as a child, at the age of 9, when he began to hang around the Murano glasswork shops, where he felt he was bound to learn the art of glassmaking. He started working in a bottega, alongside his master Alfredo Barbini, and then worked close to Livio Seguso, Ermanno Nason and Angelo Seguso, undisputed masters of the Murano glass art, worldwide famous artists and artisans.
In 1978 he opened his own studio in Murano.
Artistic mastery, technical skills, sophisticated research made him immediately a worldwide reference for the artistic creation of glass. He collaborated with many artists and architects of his time including Dalì, Vedova, Licata, Kruft, Dal Pezzo, Vitali, Pomodoro and Willson. In 1985 he went for the first time to Japan. This was the first of his many journeys, where he brought to the Rising Sun, skills, techniques and above all the art of Murano glass. His fame was such that the Japanese imperial family invited him to present his art in the presence of the Celestial sovereign.
Undisputed master, the best of all in the art of hot-moulded glass sculpture, he was called, starting in the 1990s, to teach and showcase his art in universities and design schools in the United States, Canada and Japan. In the 2000s, he taught in his beloved Venice at the Academy of Fine Arts. Meanwhile he continued to collaborate with the greatest contemporary artists and sculptors including Jeff Koons, Marc Quinn and Dale Chihuly. With the latter a fraternal partnership was born which continues today with the Pino Signoretto Memorial Day at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, USA. There are countless personal and collective exhibitions in which he participated, and countless are the awards he received in his career.
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1989, Museum of Venetian Art, Otaru, Japan
1991, Sonnabend Gallery, New York (sculptures for Jeff Koons)
1992, Museo di arte contemporanea di Rivoli, Torino (sculptures for Jan Vercruysse)
1994, Galerie Differencese, Paris
1994, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Canada
• Christy Taylor Galleries, Florida
• Galleria San Nicolò, Venice
• L’art du verre a Murano au XXsiecle, Paris
• Maestri vetrai creatori di Murano del ‘900, Comacchio
• Pull of Beauty, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York
• Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf in Ehrenhof (sculptures for Maria Grazia Rosin)
• Portia Gallery Chicago
• Bellevue Art Museum Seattle
1998, Translucent and opaque: contemporary glass, Seattle
2001, De Pury & Luxemburg Galley, Zurigo
2002, Habitat Gallery, Detroit
• Glass Museum of the Nagoya, Nagoya, Japan
• Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
2005, National Library di Bruxelles (sculptures for Maria Roosen)
2008, Jeju Glass Castle, Korean National Glass Museum
2009, Vitrium, Milan
• Zwirner Gallery, New York
• Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
• 2011, Glasstress, Murano
2012, Galleria Forsblom, Helsinki
• Galleria Forsblom, Helsinki
• Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
1975, La rosa d’oro, international award
1982, Medaglia d’oro Foyer des Artistes, Rome
1983, Trofeo Biennale di Venezia, Venice
1984, Medaglia d’oro Foyer des Artistes, Rome
1989, Cavaliere della Repubblica, Presidenza della Repubblica Italiana, Rome
1989, Premio scultura vetro di Murano, Murano
2012, Glass in Venice, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere e Arti, Venice