Jacopo Foggini was born in Turin and currently lives and works in Milan. He explores art and design crossing the boundaries imposed by the conventions of those disciplines.
It was when Jacopo was a young man working in his family’s plastics industry that he discovered the versatility of methacrylite, an industrial material normally used to make automobile tail lights.
Fascinated by the extraordinary aesthetic and chromatic qualities of this material, which is similar to glass, but considerably lighter, he began to experiment this thermoplastic resin at the beginning of the 1990s.
In his atelier, using a machine of his own invention, he heats the methacrylite to 200 degrees Celsius, producing a filament which he models with his hands to create luminous shapes and monumental works - mazes of threads in an elegant intertwining of colours.
After his debut, an exhibition with an oriental flavour held in 1997 at Romeo Gigli’s space, his success was marked by the opening of his own gallery, the publication of a book devoted to his work and the inclusion of his lighting sculptures in the permanent collections of important institutions, such as the Haus der Musik in Vienna and the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts.
For years he has participated to the Milan International Furniture Fair, realising striking installations especially for the occasion.
Foggini’s “creations of light” have been exhibited in more than thirty galleries and venues throughout the world, including the Carrousel du Louvre, the Centre George Pompidou and the Atelier Richelieu in Paris, the Royal College of Art and Sotheby’s in London, and the Galerie Karsten Greve in Cologne.
Giant sculptures illuminate the scenes of the Rendano Opera Theatre in Cosenza, Italy.
The beginning of 2004 saw the official acknowledgement of Foggini’s work within the contest of contemporary art through a solo exhibition at Marabini Gallery in Bologna, followed by the participation to Miart in the month of May, and a luminous installation, inspired by the seaworld, which he realised in the context of the event “Luci di Ancona”.
This year opened with a solo-exhibition in Porto at the Arthobler Gallery. In April his breathtaking installation “Devotion” set inside the suggestive deconsecrated sixteenth century church San Paolo Converso in the centre of Milan was largely welcomed by the public and the press. At the begining of 2006, on the occasion of the Opening Ceremony of the Torino Olympic Games, a huge ”Lampadario da teatro” signed by Foggini surrounded with golden light the performance of maestro Luciano Pavarotti. The out of scale sculpture returned to Milan for “Plastic Palace” installation, that glows inside the monumental arch of the historical Gate of the city, Porta Garibaldi.
Jacopo Foggini collaborates with some of the most important architects at national and international scale. His work is designed for hotels, museums, showrooms, private residences and public spaces.
Attention is now given to several projects in the Middle East, Japan and United States.
Photo credits : Andrés Otero e Sebastiano Pessina
Website Jacopo Foggini : http://www.jacopofoggini.it,
Ofigea - Salone del Mobile 2008