"... I often find myself literally in the middle and above the clouds, meditating on existence, and I am impregnated by the sky of ideas and dreams that I give birth to once I am back on the ground, crushed by "gravity".
It’s always statues ... " (Gabriel Nardi)
Gabriele was born in Florence, Italy in 1972. He attended Art High School and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, a very prestigious school for Art sculpture that is set in an enchanting landscape with its marble quarries, full of great teachers and inspirations.
Gabriele is a sculptor by vocation and training. He has worked in his studio for years in the typical atmosphere that one breathes only in the Oltrarno neighbourhoods, the traditional home of artists and craftsmen in Florence.
His works reveal the strong sculptural tradition of the ancient Florentine schools and his deep knowledge of classical themes. His instinctive and material sculptures combine the present and history, giving a contemporary decorative taste to classical themes. Not surprisingly, more and more public entities and private individuals are commissioning his works to embellish their environments.
THE WORKS OF GABRIELE AT SALONE DEL MOBILE 2015
Gabriele Nardi utilizes a wide range of materials for his sculpture - marble, ceramic and bronze with its fascinating lost wax technique.
The bronze Explorer of the Abyss intoxicates the viewer who wonders in amazement if the big ray fish is dragging the man into the abyss after having engaged in a battle from which it has emerged the fierce and vindictive winner, or rather the huge creature is trying desperately with all its might to carry its human friend and partner in the bottomless waters, to safety. Perhaps, instead, the man is holding on tight in a last attempt to win the battle, or maybe he is confident that the creature will take him to a safe place. We are focused on the verticality of this work while we observe the scene plunged into the abyss. We are spectators who see only these two bodies that are going farther and farther into the unknown. Around them there is nothing. It could be water or it could be the air that Gabriele knows so well from his meditative flights.