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Sergio Boldrin

Sergio Boldrin Mask maker
Italian, English
Monday to Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
+39 0415223857
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Handcrafting the spirit of Venice

  • • Sergio makes traditional Venetian carnival masks
  • • In 2018 he received the Maestro d'Arte e Mestiere (MAM) prize
  • • The characters of the Italian Commedia dell’Arte inspire his masks

The city of Venice immediately brings to mind its famous carnival, with its 18th-century costumes and elaborate masks, behind which people conceal their identity. Besides dozens of shops selling mass-produced objects that have nothing to do with tradition, there are still a few workshops where masks are crafted by hand. Two of them are run by master Sergio Boldrin, aided by his brother Massimo. One is a tiny studio a stone’s throw away from the celebrated Rialto bridge. This crowded little space is at the same time a laboratory, shop and archive, dotted with photos of the famous people who have donned Boldrin’s masks, including Tom Cruise in the Kubrick movie Eyes Wide Shut.

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Vincent van Gogh is immortalized through this painted papier-mâché mask, recognisable not only by the artist’s facial features but also by the brush-stroke finishing of his skin and hair. Through this work, Sergio pays homage to an artist who he has studied extensively.

Length 28 cm
Width 22 cm

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Medusa, one of the three mythological Gorgons, has been brought to life in this handmade papier-mâché mask. Her face has been painted in green acrylic paint, and gold tints accentuate the venomous snakes writhing in place of her hair.

Length 60 cm
Width 35 cm

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This is one of a series of jesters, a typically venetian subject, created by Sergio Boldrin. The expression of the jesters face changes throughout the collection. The papier-mâché mask has been gauze painted with acrylic paint.

Length 60 cm
Width 40 cm

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Il canto del giullare

This jester, a typically Venetian subject, is one of a series. The expression on the jester’s face changes throughout the series. The papier-mâché mask has been painted with acrylic paint.

Length 60 cm
Width 40 cm

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Medico dell’aria

Eight hand-modelled Venetian papier-mâché masks combine traditional commedia dell’arte characters with a clean-cut contemporary design. The ominous-looking masks were inspired by the 17th-century masks worn by “medici della peste” (plague doctors), while the charcoal smog filters fitted in the nostrils refer to a more modern plague – pollution.

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