Gabriele Ghiani

My work is focused on contemporary figurative pieces. I am interested in the human story and the human condition. I depict different characters; women, men and children of different ages and backgrounds. I create them in particularly inspired moments. The purpose of my sculptures is to give shape to these characters and figures who come from my imagination. I am inspired by my Italian background, the Middle Ages, and faraway lands. My dreams, people that I meet randomly every day, and my daily life experiences, all feed my imagination. I like to share this world with my viewers and for them to find their own interpretation.

Artist's Statement
My work is focused on contemporary figurative pieces. I am interested in the human story and the human condition. I depict different characters; women, men and children of different ages and backgrounds. I create them in particularly inspired moments.
The purpose of my sculptures is to give shape to these characters and figures who come from my imagination. I am inspired by my Italian background, the Middle Ages, and faraway lands. My dreams, people that I meet randomly every day, and my daily life experiences, all feed my imagination. I like to share this world with my viewers and for them to find their own interpretation.
My material of choice is terracotta. I lovingly sculpt my pieces by hand and then fire them to 1000 degrees. I then apply oxides, which I wash off. This gives extra hue and depth to the pieces, as well as protection and a subtle sheen. I finish my work by applying glazes, lustres and transfers, to give to the piece its final and unique character.