Roberto Almagno sculpts exclusively with wood, which he collects in the forests outside hisnative city of Rome. Painstakingly straightening the wood over many hours, he then uses theancient technique of moisture and heat to bend the wood into elegiac and timeless shapes ina constant quest for formal perfection and suspension in space. The fragility of the materialand its transformative powers are evoked by Almagno's elongated and abstract forms whichseem to be attempting to dissolve into nothingness. Steeped with a timeless purity, his workechoes a lifelong investigation into the idea of lightness and on the formal limits of aseemingly impossible precarious balance. Conceptualising sculpture as an on-going andunending flow, Almagno's pursuit of figures that are 'no longer bearing the weight of life'reveals inherent aspects of mysticism.Read More
Roberto Almagno (b.1954, Aquino, Italy) currently lives and works in Rome, Italy. Almagnohas exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, including solo shows at the Carlo BilottiMuseum, Rome, the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, Matera at Palazzo Venezia, Romeand Pericle Fazzini Museum.
Almagno's sculptures are an integral part of prominent public and private collections in US,Germany, Austria, Turkey, England, Switzerland, Japan as well as Collection of ContemporaryArt, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome; The Vatican Museums, Rome; BNL Collection ofContemporary Art, Rome; Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art, Michetti Foundation,Francavilla al Mare; Collezione Valadier, Rome; Luisa Longo, Bologna; Luigi de Simone,Rome; Enzo Spadon, Milan.