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Gianluca Pacchioni

  • Metal sculptor
  • Milan, Italy
  • Master Artisan
Gianluca Pacchioni Metal sculptor
Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
By appointment only
+39 0270121262
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Milan's master of metalwork

  • • Gianluca’s passion for sculpting metal developed in Paris
  • • In 2016 he won the Maestro d'Arte e Mestiere (MAM) prize
  • • He likes to collaborate with other master artisans in Lombardy

To step into the studio-home of Gianluca Pacchioni is a magical experience. Within an old eyedrop factory, very close to the centre of Milan, you will find a whole universe inhabited by enormous sculptures in metal and stone, unique works that are undeniably made by this master artisan, whose talent is appreciated all over the world. Pacchioni is dedicated to forging, a passion he discovered quite by chance. “I was about to graduate in economics in Paris, when I fell in love with a rather bohemian girl who had many acquaintances in the art world. It was an epiphany; she was the one who introduced me to the entourage of Les Frigos, at 91 Quai de la Gare, one of the symbols of the Parisian art scene in the 1990s.”

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Tropical Fossil II

One side of this monumental bronze screen, with its detailed engravings, is reminiscent of stately church doors. The other, purified and contemporary, has a layering of patinas that give the effect of extreme depth on the thin surface.

Height 300 cm
Width 200 cm

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This large cedar cone, made from either bronze or brass, is part of Gianluca’s sculptural series in which a segment of the sculpture is sliced off. The sculpture is both an aesthetic exercise and a reflection on a recurring question: better out or in?

Height 14 cm
Width 15 cm
Length 24 cm

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This metal furniture series celebrates imperfections. The surface of the Persian travertine, a type of limestone with distinctive craters, scars and fissures, is covered with liquid metal and mounted on a fine bronze structure with a reflective stainless-steel surface. The “imperfections” of the stone become a fossilized jewel. The stone seems to defy gravity and allows us to observe its passage through time.

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Pupil Soft Graphite

This piece is both a mirror and a sculpture. The piece represents an iris, a pupil that looks back at you while you look at yourself in the mirror. The satinated aluminium and brass profile of the mirror has been finished with a soft graphite surface.

Diameter 170 cm

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This sculptural bookshelf is made of rusty iron. For Gianluca, it represents our cultural roots, which remain strong and solid, in contrast to the present time in which we collide with one another, cancelling each other out.

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