Paolo Staccioli

Paolo Staccioli

Born in 1943 in Scandicci near Florence, Paolo Staccioli continues to live and work in his hometown.

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Artworks

Guerriera in bronzo e ceramica

Bronze and ceramic sculpture

Dimensions: Height 170 cm

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cavallo con angelo

Bronze sculpture

Dimensions : Height 150 cm - Width 130 x 40 cm Year : 2017

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Guerriera in Alluminio

Aluminum sculpture

Dimensions: Height 172 cm - Width 35 cm - Depth 35 cm

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Bagnante

Bronze sculpture

Dimensions: Height 172 cm - Width 35 cm - Depth 35 cm

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Uomo con palla in ceramica

Ceramic sculpture

Dimensions: Height 70 cm

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Girotondo di cinque cavalli con angeli

Bronze sculpture

Dimensions: Height 40 cm Diameter: 51 cm

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Angelo verde

Ceramic sculpture

Dimensions: Heigh 65 cm Width 21 cm - Depth 19 cm

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Busto donna in bronzo e ceramica

Bronze and ceramic sculpture

Dimensions: Height 61 cm - Width 26 cm

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Donna blu con palla in ceramica

Ceramic sculpture

Dimensions: Height 53 cm

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Carro grande con Guerrieri

Bronze and corten sculpture

Dimensions : Width 182x52 cm - Height 187 cm
Year : 2017

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Guerriera in ceramica

Ceramic sculpture

Dimensions: Height 175 cm

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Carro Grande con Guerrieri

Bronze sculpture

Dimensions: Width 150 cm - Height 216 cm
Year: 2012

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Girotondo

Bronze sculpture

Dimension: Height: 72 cm Diameter: 70 cm + Corten steel base Height: 90 cm

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Arlecchino con palla

Raku Ceramic

Dimensions: Height 68 Width 40 Depth 16 cm

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Busto di donna

Raku Ceramic

Dimensions: Height 55 cm Width 25 Depth 11cm

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Angelo verde

Raku Ceramic

Dimensions: Height 65 cm Width 21 Depth 19 cm

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Angelo dorato

Ceramic sculpture

Dimensions: Height 57 cm

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Coppia di figure

Ceramic sculpture

Dimension: Height 50 cm - Width 13 cm

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Coppia

Raku Ceramic

Dimension: Height 56 Width 18 Depth 9 cm

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Coppia

Raku

Dimension: Height 53 Width 19 Depth 10 cm

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Paolo Staccioli Curriculum

Staccioli began painting as a teenager, and held his first solo exhibition in 1973. He worked in ceramics and terracotta bas-reliefs at the end of the 1980's, experimenting with glazes and oxygen-reduction firing, and moved on to lustres, employing clays oxides and salts, under the guidance of the master-craftsman Umberto Santandrea from Faenza. Staccioli eventually gave up painting altogether to focus on ceramic-based artwork, transferring his subjects to vases and other ceramic objects. During the 1990's, he began to experiment with plastic, producing interesting results.

To inaugurate the Museum Park of Poggio Valicaia in 2000, Staccioli molded a large horse ridden by a winged putto. He continues to work in his studio at Scandicci and Montelupo, molding figures of warriors, travelers on carts and boats, and, mosty recently, cardinals. His new figures are painted with lustres on ceramic objects and vases.

Staccioli is inspired by the Old Masters, and seeks to create a link between the ancient and traditional and his unique forms of expression. Though not formally trained in art, his natural skill and extraordinary imagination make him an outstanding self-taught painter, sculptor, and ceramist. For example, Staccioli includes classical fragments from Paolo Uccello's "La Bottiglia of San Romano" or objects from his childhood in his newly-constructed visual language, creating dream-like spaces and compositions.

This technical curiosity combined with creative vitality has led Staccioli to explore the expressive potential of ceramics, with its innate material malleability. He begins a piece by working with fragments rather than full forms, then deconstructs, molds, cuts, and re-arranges the fragments into shapes and spaces which reflect the imaginary forms that emerge from his soul and are completed by his treatment of the brush to give them even more dimension.

Staccioli's decisive strokes and delicate contrasts between opaque and bright tones define his "pulcinelle" (small hens), horses, dolls, or cherubini. He is able to create shadings which allow light to enter the dull material and create delicate effects of depth and atmosphere. The figures that appear to emerge from fantasy worlds which populate his sculptures are created by high relief, bas-relief, or paint. The liberal expressiveness of these figures is always a delight and surprise, even when they appear repeatedly on his works, and express a serene solitude without reference to divinities or mythology.

Horses are a subject that Staccioli particularly loves, and are represented as virtual and immortal survivors of a battle, rising as tormented giants with bellies swollen from the strain. He poses his horses on a vertical axis in all his works, emphasizing the sense of upward movement that creates a sensation of relief and liberation.

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Paolo Staccioli Events & Exhibitions

Exhibition

Viaggiatori nel tempo (Time Travellers)

Paolo Staccioli's sculptures along the street of Capri

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