Born in Venice in 1957, Micheluzzi studied Art History and Architecture at Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice, before being introduced to the world of glass by the Venini family. In 1993, he started collaborating with Laura de Santillana – granddaughter of Paolo Venini, one of the pioneers of the Murano glass production – before producing his own work.
Having always had a big interest in art, growing up in Venice had an early influence on the artist. Being constantly surrounded by the unique artistic heritage of Venice, alongside the antique furniture and original Venetian art glass that came into his sight – his father was an antique dealer – it was only a matter of time before Micheluzzi delved into Venetian glass.
‘Venice has always been an international melting pot of cultures, traditions. During the XX Century, several foreign artists collaborated in the Muranese furnaces. Historically, the marble-terrazzo-technique was used inside the Venetian palaces, due to its elasticity, its aesthetics. The huge (wall) marble slabs inside Saint Marks Basilica were in perfect harmony with the glass mosaics (portals, walls, cupolas). In modern times, I add contemporary feedback, such as books, exhibits, internet-research etc.’ (Micheluzzi)
In 1998, Micheluzzi held his first exhibition in Milan, where he quickly grew in popularity and subsequently exhibited in many cities including London, Paris, New York, Rotterdam and Kanazawa. Furthermore, his artworks have been seen in leading museums including the Fondazione di Venezia, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
‘Glass is a complex and surprising material. There’s a form of alchemy involved in working with this material and countless secrets to be discovered. My work recalls the atmosphere of Venice, the lagoon, the silvery waterways and the cloudy skies. I use glass to convey a feeling of motion.’ – Micheluzzi says of his new collection.
Taking on the classic centuries-old murrina techniques, Micheluzzi composes contemporary interpretations of traditional Venetian glass in his studio. With infinite possibilities of glass, the 25 exhibition pieces on display at the Willer Gallery are inspired by the spectacular mosaics and terrazzo floors featured throughout the churches and palazzos of Venice. Each piece of glass-work is unique in its own right, and will never be repeated due to the differences in mosaics and the hand-made element. Featuring sophisticated pieces of dense opaque jewel-like colours, patterns, and elegance, Micheluzzi’s works are unlike any other.
‘Micheluzzi: Mosaico’ is on display 22 June – 30 July 2016 at the Willer Gallery.