Giorgio Laveri

Italy 1950


Giorgio Laveri
Giorgio Laveri
April 23, 2016

Giorgio Laveri makes large scale ceramic sculptures of random objects that we use in our everyday life. Falling into the routine, which is quite common in our fast-paced living style, we tend to forget what do we really need and want in our personal possession. Our homes, purses, bathrooms, office desks are full of clutter, of countless material objects that we passionately buy. In our consumer culture it is quite familiar to fall for an object just based on its design, and when the form is not satisfying anymore, we just replace it with a newer version. Laveri moves ordinary objects out of out bags and desks and puts them in large scale ceramic form, reminding us that there is beauty in timeless design and we should not forget to admire it.

Giorgio Laveri - Truka Arlequin (Left) / Stylò Coupe (Center) / Amburgo (Right)
Giorgio Laveri – Truka Arlequin (Left) / Stylò Coupe (Center) / Amburgo (Right)

Cinema and Theatre

The value of an inanimate object can be measured by its usage value, sentimental one, or by its beautiful design. With sculptures of Giorgio Laveri, all three factors are equally important and much more. The artist was born in Savona, Italy, a place that has a 600-year old tradition of making the objects out of ceramics. He started his creative career in the 70’s when he finished a course in television production. His early interest included, besides television, cinema and theater. Alongside with painting and sculpture, this multitalented artist started mixing all his skills into the rich fusion of creative output. He painted murals, worked in theater, founded his own theater group Rosacroce, and filmed a short movie Sleeping Beauty as a part of a play he had written.

Ceramics allows the artist to highlight the color of the object

Giorgio Laveri - Art in Park, Taormina, 2005
Giorgio Laveri – Art in Park, Taormina, 2005

Engaging Art into Ceramics

After multidisciplinary engagement in the art scene of his town, he started researching the relationship between cinema and ceramics. His first collection of ceramic sculptures was made under the name Cinematographic in 1985, followed by Cineceramica that was done a year later. Laveri started exhibiting his work throughout the Italy and the rest of the Europe. What he wanted to emphasize in his sculptures is an invisible link between the form of an object and society’s obsession with consumerism. Ceramics allows him to highlights the color of the object, because of its smooth material property. Before considering the functionality of an object we tend to form an emotional bond with its shape and general looks.

The appeal of a well-designed product is that it will enrich our life and make it more beautiful

Giorgio Laveri - Part of the Art in Park series, Taormina, 2005
Giorgio Laveri – Part of the Art in Park series, Taormina, 2005

The Beauty of a Routine

When we lose the need for an object or when we overuse it, we abandon it. The beauty that was once there vanishes with our personal relationship with at object. Laveri immortalizes the sentimental values and the functional one. The appeal of a well-designed product is that it will, even when it’s not expected and premeditated, enrich our life and make it more beautiful, still on the small scale. So, when Giorgio Laveri united cinematic, theatric and painting vision into huge colorful sculptures and place them in the garden, or at the town square, he exposes the true nature of a small thing. The small good thing, that belongs to the everyday routine, but also belongs to window shops, galleries, and museums, because beauty can find its way everywhere.

The artist is represented by Galerie Galea.

Giorgio Laveri lives and works in Italy.

All images used for illustrative purpose only © Giorgio Laveri

Featured image: Giorgio Laveri – Portrait of the artist (detail), photo credits Ilsitodelledonne

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Participation in the National Contemporary Art FairsBergamo and GenoaGroup
2013Ceramique ou PorcelaineGalerie GaleaSolo
2012I had a DreamApollo Cinema, RomeSolo
2011Silent Movie Gallarate (I)MAC Gallery Salon International de la M?diterran?e AntibesGroup
2010Playfully sculpture, sculpture to reality BAF of Bergamo in collaboration of the Colossi Gallery of BresciaGroup
2010George LaverTerre Galleria d'Arte, TorinoGroup
2010Faites vos jeuxGalerie Ferrero, NiceSolo
2010George LaverCity of Castellamonte (to) by Vittorio Amedeo SaccoGroup
2009Elegy's Daily ValenteContemporary Art Gallery, RomeSolo
2009Finale Ligure (SV )CHAOS Gallery, RomeSolo
2009CiakceramicaCHAOS Gallery, Rome Solo
2008Personal EffectsTerre di Torino Galleria D'Arte, TorinoSolo
2008Ceramic Film : 8-1 2 MiartMario Valente GallerySolo
2008Large sculpture installationRenoir Museum, Cagnes sur MerSolo
2007National premiere of the - MetabarTeatro Palladium, RomeSolo
2007Man & WomanInsight Gallery, RomeSolo
2007Start MiamiDesign District - MiamiGroup
2006Truka glazed ceramicSeoul, KoreaSolo
2006Games roomRossovermiglio Gallery, PaduaSolo
2005Rouge-a-levres et Stylos plumesGalerie Ferrero, NiceSolo
2005Cinema and CeramicsGagliardi Gallery in at the Taormina Film FestivalSolo
2003Albisola FuturistCivica Gallery of Modern Art in GallarateSolo
2003Albisola FuturistMonumental Complex of Priamar of SavonaSolo
2002L'art et l'EuroCaisse D'Epargne Francais, Paris - Nice - ToulonGroup
2002Laveri's PicturesMuse Gallery and Galerie La Palette, Hong KongSolo
2000Albisola - Nice by Riccardo ZelatoreMuseo D'Arte, and Galerie Art 7, NiceSolo
1998Presenting two works at the Homage to PicassoPalazzo Grassi, VeniceGroup
1998Well it Is - Performance with cloth ties of 16 and 20 metersBuildings in Savona (Nautical Club) and Genoa (Ex Psychiatric Hospital)Solo