Italian artist Stefano Bombardieri known for his figurative sculptures influenced by the Master of the 20th century’s futurist movement such as Boccioni and Balla will showcase his artworks at the Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery on the Bluewaters Island from 9th November to 31st December 2020.
Stefano Bombardieri is known globally his large and bold sculptures, which often include wildlife as their subject matter, such as: whales, rhinos, crocodiles and elephants. These large animals are suspended or trapped and crushed by mountains of luggage. They are entirely credible and have a realistic presence with carefully rendered details and plastic perfection of resemblance in a balanced stylistic complacency. Their life-like appearance represents the “truth” itself, making them surreal or disturbing – they address the relationship between reality and fiction, life and imagination, and the wider concept of artistic language.
Bombardieri embraces a deeply philosophical approach to art, focusing on themes such as time and its perception, man and the meaning of existence and the experience of pain in Western culture. He has described his work as both minimal and conceptual, featuring a great mix of tools and artistic mediums, ranging from large sculptures to video installations.
Since the 1990s he has exhibited in both public spaces and galleries. His installations include those located in the center of Ferrara, Faenza, Bologna, Saint Tropez and Posdam. In 2009 he held his personal exhibition ‘The animals count down’ in the evocative setting of Pietrasanta.
Aside from multiple group and solo exhibitions worldwide – he has participated several times in the Venice Biennale and his works have been displayed in major art galleries in Italy and abroad.
Bombardieri continues to work in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Greece, Lebanon, USA