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Bruno Amadi

Bruno Amadi

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Bruno Amadi has been shaping wonderful natural forms by lamp with extraordinary skill for forty-two years in his shop in Calle dei Saoneri, San Polo. Starfish, anchovies, whitebait, lizards, frogs, butterflies, mushrooms, beans, peas, holly, snails, very light spiders, dragonflies and ants are all brought to life from the coloured glass canes.
Born in Burano, Amadi moved with his family when a child to Murano, where his father worked at a glassworks. He and his five brothers learnt to ‘handle glass’ from their father, but only he continued, expressing a real passion for this art. Starting at a glassworks at the age of eleven, he worked for Salviati, Mazzega and Barbini, and also attended Anzolo Fuga’s design courses at the Abate Zanetti glassmakers school.
His inspiration is drawn from careful observation of nature, assisted byphotographs and drawings, which he combines with technical expertise, the careful composition of colours and a passion that, he emphasises, continues to stimulate his work.
He has had numerous exhibitions in Venice, at the Museo Correr, at Palazzo Grassi and at the Doge’s Palace, and others at the Palazzo Pitti and the oceanographic museum in Monaco. Among the many reviews and articles, Amadi cites with satisfaction the work done on him by the great film director Takeshi Kitano for the public NHK network, which has made him famous in Japan.