Stefano Bianco Biography

Stefano Bianco was born in Milan on 19th May 1947

His first studio is next to his home in Milan in a court-yard located in the old Navigli area (via Pavia 8), where there is also a furnace that makes brick mixture by hand.

It is with the “hand made “bricks that he starts his activity in the eighties

His introduction in the Milanese cultural world belongs to this period.: architects, stylists, musicians, graphic designers, designers and actors start to crowd his studio giving life to long-lasting and profitable collaborations. The first furniture-sculptures are made, which are published in the most known furniture magazines.

In the early 80s his activity ranges over several fields, from figurative to integrated sculpture ,indoor architecture, passing through design : fireplaces ,tables, lamps ,and objects come from a research on the interaction between art and every day life. One of his works ”From seed to Fruit” made of travertine ,iron and Vicenza stone commissioned by Enichem agricolture, is shown at the Agricultural fair of Verona. “The Knight”, a sculpture in clear stone and iron commissioned by the Jolly hotel company in 1986 and positioned in the Hall of the Jolly Hotel President in Largo Augusto in Milan belongs to this period ,too. In this period there is also the realization of the great frames for fireplaces made for prestigious homes in Porto Cervo in Sardinia. These have been published in AD n.55 and 62.

In 1990 he holds his “scuplture lessons”at the social centre Garibaldi in Milan and in front of the pupils of the milanese schools of art he realizes “live ”his work ”Lying figure”(“the grace of a female figure ”Corriere Della Sera of the 28th April1990).The sculpture is still positioned under the loggia of Bramante that links Garibaldi to Piazza Marengo in Milan. In 1992 he opens his new atelier in Milan which he places at disposal of other artists who are free to organize their own exhibitions.. The” exhibition”(if we can call it like this)”Perdiletto”belongs to this period. This event sees the participation of great names of the artistic iItalian culture such as Michelangelo Antonioni,, Luca Formenton, Yoshi Nagasaka e Kőbi Wiesendanger (il Giorno 24th April 1993 - Corriere della Sera 25thApril1993).

In 1997 he moves to the hills in the castle Dal Verme of Zavattarello and collaborates to the restoration of the old castle creating several works published in the book”“Oltrepo’ e Dintorni - Rocche, Castelli e Antiche Dimore” - ed. Edo – pag. 152 -163. In the meantime he also makes a series of big sculptures defined “popular” placed in the nearby area that surrounds the castle .These works tell us about historical events of the place heard by the local people who assist him during the work made directly in the square. Among these works we can name the 8 big panels made of Sarnico stone positioned in the middle of the cemetery of Romagnese,The Fountain bas-relief and the Man who plants seeds which are placed in Piazza Dal Verme in Zavattarello.

During the following years he gets nearer to the sacral art realizing the S.Gottardo stone pulpit which is placed in 1999 in the Jubilar church of S.Luca in Pavia In 2000 he starts to carve a Verona stone altar showing a pomegranate tree symbol of the San Giovanni di Dio brotherhood for the Church dedicated to San Riccardo Pampuri built inside the new rest home Fatebenefratelli of Trivolzio in the province of Pavia. After that he realizes the remaining religious ornaments of the Church including “The double pulpit” which allows also disabled people to enter on a wheelchair.

On the 21st October 2001 in Albuzzano (Pv), in the counselling Chamber of the Town Hall five bas-relieves in Sarnico stone representing the history of the village are placed

On the 25th Aprile 2003, on the occasion of the commemoration of the liberation of Italy two bas-relieves representing events of the Second World War are unveiled.

Lately the artist has been devoting himself to developing his formal research and using the potential of the Internet has been keeping in touch with international realities. However he is still dedicating his work to private purchasers.

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