Silvio Vigliaturo

He attended Master Gigi Bertagna’s classes at the Albertina Fine Arts Academy of Turin, Italy, from 1967 to 1969, and worked at a glass furnace. He started working with glass in the 1980’s. In 1986, after having attended the important exhibition Futurism & Futurisms at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Italy, he started working on a new figuration, using simpler and more vivid colouration – which have become his trademark.

He has participated in 145 solo exhibitions in Italy, Austria, Belgium, China, the Emirates, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK, and the USA, including: Fundación Centro Nacional Del Vidrio, La Granja, Segovia, Spain, 2000; the Regional Museum of Natural Science, Turin, 2012. He has also participated in 142 group exhibitions in Italy, Austria, the Emirates, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Poland, the UK, and the USA, including: Fresh Glass. Venice – Poznań, a promising connection, the Municipal Gallery Arsenal, Poznań, Poland, 2008; Arts & Business Awards, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; the Venice Biennale 2011, Venice, Italy.

He has participated in many conferences and workshops, including: the Dartington College of Arts, Devon, UK; Musèe d’art et d’histoire du Judaisme, Paris, France; Fundación Centro Nacional Del Vidrio, La Granja, Segovia.

His works are presented in museums and public collections, such as: Pinacoteca Civica, Palazzo dei Musei, Varallo Sesia, Italy; the Cathedral of Chieri, Italy; the Museum of Lights (Museo dei Lumi), Casale Monferrato, Italy; Ernsting Stiftung, Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding, Coesfeld, Germany; Fundación Centro Nacional Del Vidrio, La Granja, Segovia; the National Library of Spain, Madrid; Gementeemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, the Netherlands; the Hsinchu Municipal Glass Museum, Hsinchu, Taiwan; the Museum of Erotic Art, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

Vigliaturo mixes glass, steel, terra cotta and painting. His technique is considered unique in his genre by many glass art critics. He is a story-teller of plastic images which, in spite of their static nature, are able to express their peculiar mobility. This is perhaps due to optical illusion, or even to the perspective angle of the observer who looks at the changing reflections on the glassy material. The plastic language of the glass, confines and lets the images breathe, making them available without intermediation.

He lives and works in Chieri, Turin.