Gianfranco Meggiato was born in Venice in 1963, where he attended the Istituto Statale d’Arte art college for five years, studying stone, bronze, wood and ceramic sculpture. At the invitation of the Municipality of Venice, he exhibited his works at a very young age in two exhibitions, in 1979 and 1984, at the “Galleria Comunale Bevilacqua La Masa” in St Mark’s Square, Venice, where he showed sculptures in stone and semi-refractory material. Since 1998 Gianfranco Meggiato has participated without interruption in a long series of exhibitions, shows and fairs in Italy and abroad. In recent years, Gianfranco Meggiato has been invited to take part to the 54th and the 55th Venice Biennale, where he has exhibited among national partecipations.
He was present at several exhibitions in: US, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Britain, France, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Monaco, Ukraine, Russia, India, China, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Singapore. Gianfranco Meggiato has exhibited at Correr Museum in St Mark’s Square, at National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome, at Senate Palace in Milan, in Duomo Square in Pietrasanta and at Lucca Center of Contemporary Art. In 2012, during Art-Bre exhibition in Cap Martin, he created and presented to Albert II, Prince of Monaco, Sphere Enigma (4,8 mt. Ø diameter, H 6,00 mt.), now placed in Montecarlo Harbor.
Gianfranco Meggiato is Venetian and in his artworks, even if they are made of bronze, space plays a very important role and instills a sense of lightness that only an artist born in a city where sky and sea melt together can give to art. Air, inside his sculptures, kneads with bronze as to demonstrate that the most important things in life are usually the intangible ones. Gianfranco Meggiato believes that human being is energy within a physical body and also space around us is composed by energy.
This space-energy, seeping through rotating artworks, gives them life, beating and breath.
Maestro Meggiato says that his works are inspired by biomorphic tissue, symbol of human rough path trying to find ourselves, find the precious sphere in the center of the artwork and inside everyone of us. All these experiences, usually complicated and obscure as the interior tissue of his sculptures, are necessary to out inner growth.
We won’t be able to elevate and change to become stronger without the darkest moments. Meggiato’s art wants to spread this messagge, even in this difficult period. Human beings must believe in the possibility of raising, improving, changing destiny. In this sense, the work of Gianfranco Meggiato hearkens back to the Italian Renaissance where man was placed at the center of the space and history. This message of hope, moving beyond cultural barriers and race or religious differences, from the East to the West, is appreciated and shared all over the world.