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Lorenzo Quinn

Sculptor

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Contemporary MTArt Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn is a leading figurative sculptor whose work is inspired by masters such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin. Exhibited internationally, his monumental public art and smaller, more intimate pieces transmit his passion for eternal values and authentic emotions. He is best known for expressive recreations of human hands.
‘The hand has been the basis for humanity’s evolution and holds the power to communicate, to give, to receive, to love, to hate, to create and to destroy’ he asserts.

Born on 7 May 1966 in Rome to Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn and Jolanda Addolori, Quinn’s childhood was split between Italy and the United States of America. His father had a profound influence on him, both in terms of living in the limelight of the film world and with respect to Anthony’s early work in painting and architecture.

Quinn studied at the American Academy of Fine Arts in New York, planning to be a Surrealist painter. However, aged 21 he decided that his future lay in sculpture, which could better accommodate his energy and originality. He vividly recalls the moment in 1989 when he felt that he had created his first genuine work of art: ‘I had made a torso from Michelangelo’s drawing of Adam… an artisan’s job … I had an idea and began chiseling away, and Eve came out of Adam’s body… It had started as a purely academic exercise, yet it had become an artwork.’

In 1988 Quinn married Giovanna Cicutto and they decided to leave New York – a place that ‘hardens your human values’ – and settle in Spain. ‘We chose Spain for its Latin character, its fervor … the way it values people and family, and for its great artistic trajectory’, he explains.

In his twenties Quinn enjoyed a brief acting career, including playing alongside his father in Stradivari (1989), and also giving an acclaimed performance as Salvador Dalí. However, acting wasn’t something that stimulated him and he quickly decided to concentrate purely on sculpture.

Quinn is driven to sculpt by observing life’s everyday energy and creative ideas always spark rapidly: ‘My inspirations always come within a millisecond’, he says. Quinn usually conceives each work in writing first, and the poetic text is ultimately displayed with the sculpture, as an integral part of the piece, not merely as an explanation. Quinn’s work appears in many private collections throughout the world and has been exhibited internationally throughout the past two decades.

In May 2017 Lorenzo installed the monumental sculpture Support in the Grand Canal of Venice, to coincide with the Venice Biennale. Composed of a child’s hands reaching up from the depths of the Grand Canal to bolster the antique façade of the palace, this public work engaged boldly with the historical and ecological issues that confront the city today. The sculpture successfully raised awareness towards Climate Change and quickly gained world widespread recognition as a powerful symbol for ‘Art for Climate’. Today, the sculpture is still referenced as one the most shared public temporary installations the world has ever witnessed.

In May 2019, during the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, the monumental sculpture Building Bridges was installed in a basin adjacent to the entrance of the Arsenale, in the Castello District of Venice. This new public work, composed of six pairs of monumental hands, individually titled ‘Friendship’, ‘Faith’, ‘Help’, ‘Love’, ‘Hope’ and ‘Wisdom’, aligns with Quinn’s message of world unity and engages with the history of Venice as a meeting point of international history and culture. That same month, the exhibition Possibilità opened at Halcyon Gallery, featuring brand-new work in which Quinn revisits his most fundamental motif – the human figure. The exhibition revealed the full scope of his artistic project, journeying from the traditional methods used to make each sculpture, to the potentiality of his future visions.

Císcar Casabán describes Quinn’s work as ‘profound, spiritual and existential because it deals with the passions we experience as humans and the questions we pose in the silence about ultimate truth. These are sculptures based on great myths, referring to the broad themes that recur in our civilization and cut across distinctions of culture and time.’

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Selected
artworks

Unconditional Love

Matte Statuario and Polished Marquina Marble 84 x 43 x 76 cm Unique
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Soul II

Bronze 144 x 137 x 75 8 + 3 AP
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Hand of God

Hand painted wood and resin 157 x 204 x 80 cm Unique
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Genesis

Aluminium 28.5 x 122.5 x 30 cm 8 + 3 AP
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