Giorgio Vigna


Giorgio Vigna was born in Verona in 1955  and artistically trained between his native city, Venice, Rome and Milan.  His work is constantly developing along an imaginary line between the various fields of art and design, creating sculptures capable of putting his imaginative force in resonance with the elements of nature in its primary and primordial aspects. Vigna’s work, sensitive to tribal evocations and to ethnic memories, of which he is a passionate connoisseur and collector, matter and form are always closely related with the body and its gestures. In 2011 Giorgio Vigna was invited to participate in the TRA exhibition. Edge of becoming at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, during the 54th Biennale d’Arte, specifically creating the sculpture “Sospeso” for the occasion. This invitation was strong recognition of Vigna’s artistic value, bearing witness to the long road matured over thirty years of work. This road has been marked by numerous solo exhibitions hosted by important museums in Italy and abroad, including Altre Nature in 2010 also in Palazzo Fortuny; Giorgio Vigna – Jewels in 2007 at the Design Museum in Helsinki with a catalogue published by Moleskine and a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum Luigi Pecci, Prato, in 1992. He began his career as a stage designer and director in the Eighties and later in publishing works of art, learning and experiencing the ancient techniques of marbling. He patented a particular technique on porcelain, ceramics, glass and their derivatives. He also tested engraving techniques in the National Chalcography Laboratory in Rome. During the same period he researched and created jewellery-sculpture  for body decoration. He expanded his research on glass and subsequently, in 1997, began an in-depth collaboration with Venini. He designed numerous glass works for the Muranese company, including the collection of unique pieces Fuochi d’acqua (2002), the first Venini collection in Talismani glass (1998) and the limited edition vase, Fior d’acqua, for the Millennium III collection (1999). In 2006, he designed the light sculpture Luce Siderale to mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of Venini. He was the Artistic Director for the Venini project of jewels in gold and glass.  In 1997 he was invited to the International Glass Research Center in Nuutajarvi (Finland) to create a workshop on glass jewellery for the students of Hame Polytechnic, held in July 1998. Here, he came in contact with the Finnish company Iittala, for which he designed the renowned collection of glass birds, Birds by Vigna Collection, launched in 2007.  In 2010 he designed Piilo for the same company, a collection of sculptures designed for the home and also the first jewellery collection for Iittala, Piilo Amulet.  In 2003 the Correr Museum in Venice and the Villa Pignatelli Museum in Naples dedicated the Nature of Glass exhibition to his research, in collaboration with Venini. In 2004 he displayed the unique pieces Acquaria eBoreale in collective Glass Around the World Today exhibition, in the Venice Institute of Science and Arts.  The unique work Gorgoglio was exhibited in 2008 at the Glass Museum of in Pforzeheim, with the Glasswear exhibition. “Glass in contemporary Jewellery”, then became a travelling exhibition in 2009 hosted by important museums around the world. At the end of the Glasswear Tour, Gorgoglio became part of the permanent collection of jewellery in MAD, Museum of Arts & Design, in New York.  In 2010 he designed the first collection of Pamar GEM jewelled handles, selected in 2012 for the Compasso d’Oro ADI Award and published in the ADI Design Index 2012. He collaborated, as a lecturer, with the Faculty of Design at the Polytechnic University of Milan, the European Institute of Design, the Domus Academy and NABA (New Academy of Fine Art) in Milan, giving conferences and organising laboratories on jewellery design. In 2007, he participated as a lecturer at the Festival della Mente in Sarzana, presenting his artistic research in the section ApprofonditaMente. His work is part of the most important public and private collections nationally and internationally.