Member Monday: Mauro Bonaventura

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Member Monday: Mauro Bonaventura

posted on 10:25 AM, February 22, 2016
Photo: Colored Aquarium


Tell us about yourself!
I was born in Venice in the 1965 and when I was 18, after earning my diploma in electronics at the high school, I went to Murano looking for a job as a helper in one of the classical Murano glass factories. Since then, I never stopped working with glass. In 1992, I quit the glass factory because I wanted to learn the lampwork technique. After a while, I went back to the art school to improve my knowledge in sculpture. Nowadays I have my own studio in the mainland, where I work on my own and I teach lampworking techniques to students.

Why do you work with glass as a medium?
I am a creator and executor of my own works, which are the result of a combination of different concepts, techniques, and materials. The combination of these elements is the glass, transparent and bright, ready to be shaped into a complicated web that reflects and plays with the light. To create these complicated structures, there is always a big request for patience, time, and technical efforts. I spend many hours studying the glass as a chemical material, to experiment how it reacts in different situations, when is heated by the fire and when it cools down in the healing oven.

What themes do you pursue in your work?
I like to explore the depths of the unconscious. Believe it or not, we are all prisoners of our personal mental cages. I like very much to explore the special relationship that every human being has within his own brain, so the results are these human figures "fighting" with many contradictions of their own nature.

What is your dream project?
I have many ideas and projects that I put down on paper every time I can. One of my dreams is to realize a special installation that will represent our modern and multi-ethnic society to be as fragile as the material that the installation is made of.

Why are you a member of GAS?

I have been a GAS member for a few years already. I had the chance to be invited for an artist demonstration at the 32nd edition in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2002), and at the 36th edition in St. Louis, Missouri (2006). I consider GAS to be a fundamental opportunity for emerging artists to show their abilities to a large audience and to share their different experiences.

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