Massimiliano Pelletti was born in 1975 in Pietrasanta, Italy, where he still lives and works. His classical sculpture of stone with an artistic touch is remarkable.
He made his artistic debut in 2006, winning the 12th edition of the Biennale of Young Artists from Mediterranean Europe. From that moment on, he began participating in a succession of Italian and international group shows and solo exhibitions, such as the Alexandria Biennale in Egypt and the 54th Venice Biennale (as part of the Italian Pavilion). The subject of a number of publications and articles in contemporary art magazines, he has won several prestigious contemporary art awards, including the Henraux Foundation International Sculpture Award in 2014.
The artist sculptures seem like antique fragments of classical art, discovered in some excavation or at the bottom of the sea, and exhibited in their weathered state. And yet there is something quite odd about the work of this Italian artist, beginning with the unexpected materials he uses. Look closer at his figures and you will discern crystalline formations sprouting off their fractured sides, festering indentations digging into porous busts and cryptic inlays embellishing bare torsos. Inspired by the classical figures of antiquity and Renaissance that populated his grandfather’s gypsothèque, Pelletti has appropriated their forms to create his own unique version of their idealized beauty by showcasing the imperfections of his primal matter.
He uses some unconventional and exotic minerals such as white and caramel onyx, quartz geode, blue sodalite, and green malachite, in combination with more classical materials like marble, bronze and stone, Pelletti imbues his sculptures with a mythical quality that defies age and provenance.