Transparency and opacity, dynamic forces and potential energies, compactness and fragility, and equilibria among various materials define the physical characteristic of my work.
Gianpietro Carlesso, 1988
Gianpietro Carlesso was born in Bolzano, Italy in 1961 and lives and works in Cormons, Italy. He was educated at the Trentino State Art Institute and the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino. After gaining a scholarship from the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, he spent a year in a studio located on the site of the Krupp Steelworks in Rheinhausen, which was extremely influential in his artistic training.
Upon his return to Italy, he spent two years teaching sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino before dedicating himself to his own work. It was during this period that his work became characterised by a specific search for ‘deconstruction’. Carlesso’s favourite medium to work with is marble. In recent years he has connected with scientists on a number of studies on the concept of infinity and attempted to visualise it through his most celebrated series Curvature.
His works are currently in important international private collections including the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, the Mannheim Kunsthalle, the Deutsche Bank art collection and the Museum of Modern Art in Bolzano (Italy) as well as in various important private collections in Italy and abroad. He was asked to represent the City of Milan in the 2008 Venice Biennial of Architecture with the monumental work “Equilibrio dinamico della città in divenire”.