Ascoli Piceno, Italy
He graduated from the F. Mengaroni State Institute of Pesaro in Gold Jewelry Section, he then continued his studies at the Fine Arts Academy of Macerata in the sculpture section. He attended the TAM center (school of artistic excellence – Artistic Treatment of Metals, Pietrarubbia) directed by the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. He attends the most important contemporary jewelry studio of the Marche Region, directed by prof. Claudio Mariani (works at the Florence Silver Museum) Pesaro, continues his professional training alternating between sculpture and jewelry, working in various laboratories between Marche and Abruzzo. In 1994 he worked in the prestigious laboratory of Vinicio Antonelli, holder of the first hallmark in the province of Ascoli Piceno (San Benedetto del Tronto) . From 1996 to 1998 he was the first student, and then assistant, to the goldsmith and sculptor of the Vatican Museums, Giovanni Contri. In 2001 he opened his sculpture and goldsmith studio. In 2009 he participated in the seminar held by the artist Stefano Marchetti “Surface in depth”, Lucca at the goldsmith school directed by Giò Carbone.
Materials: 925/000 silver, Plexiglass, recycled plastic.
The pin was made partly with recycled plastic.
Gian Luca lives in Ascoli Piceno, in the Marche region. Because of that he personally experienced the earthquake of 2016: he felt the power of the earth screaming and jolting, it was not possible to oppose or even escape, he simply expected everything to calm down: then everything changes.
This is the beginning and from here the “SISMA” brooch was born.
It wants to give the sense of something powerful, lava, which moves beneath us, then, the propagation of invisible but devastating waves and forces. It is the story that is repeated, it is the Arab Phoenix, pain and healing, death and life.
In this brooch there is no pain, on the contrary, in it there is a feeling of calm given by light transparencies. The reason for this lightness is because it represents the moment immediately following the “tremor”. It is the beginning of re-birth. It is a kind of planetary explosion from which a new thing is born. It is the normal cycle of existence: from the ashes it always re-born new life.