Melotti Fausto

Fausto Melotti was born June 8 in Rovereto, Italy and was a seminal Italian post-war ceramicist, sculptor, painter, and poet. He studied physics and mathematics at the University of Pisa and continued his education at Politecnico di Milano, where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1924. As he was graduating, and unsatisfied with a technical degree, Melotti attended the Casa d’Arte of Fortunato De Pero, in Rovereto, to study piano and sculpture from Pietro Canonica.  In 1928, he enrolled to study sculpture at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, under the guidance of the sculptor Adolfo Wildt, where met and established a strong friendship with artist Lucio Fontana. In 1929, he started his 20-year long collaboration at Richard-Ginori’s ceramic shop and realized numerous ceramics designed by its then artistic director and life-long friend Gio Ponti.  In 1935, Fausto Melotti had his first solo exhibition as an artist at the Milan Galleria del Milione, which consisted of several abstract sculptures. This exhibition brought him great attention in France and Switzerland, but not in Milan. During most of World War II Melotti lived in Rome, but after a bomb raid in Milan in 1943, he discovered that his studio had been destroyed. It is then that Melotti decided to install a muffle klin in his Milan studio, and initiated a 15-year prolific period creating ceramics and terra-cotta sculptures using a more expressive language, and moving away from pure abstraction. His works are in the most important museums in the world. Melotti died in Milano in 1986.

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