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Bruno Gambone is definitely an unusual protagonist in the history of contemporary ceramics.
Experiments with materials, colors, shapes and decorations became increasingly total in Gambone's works starting from 1969. Often they contain explicit references to experiences accrued in painting and sculpture during the 'sixties.
Bruno Gambone’s creation almost always develop from rational forms based on elementary volumes as we can see in the bottles that we are showing in this exhibition.
In these works, we can see the balanced relationship between the volumes that also enhance the value of the thicknesses. Grès is the main material in his works and he often uses white because it’s a simple colour, clear and luminous.
Finally, what is most interesting is the peculiar valence of each item, in form and colour, evolving continually to the point of entrancing the viewer by innovation, both in technique and in the relationship between the material and its surrounding space.
Bruno Gambone was born in Vietri sul Mare (SA) in 1936. At the age of fourteen he began to have his first contacts with ceramics in his father's Florentine workshop.
In 1963 he moved to the United States where he was engaged in painting, sculpture, cinema and theatre. He frequented artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
In 1968 he returned to Italy and settled in Milan, where he got to know many people in the artistic world, including Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana, Paolo Scheggi, Agostino Bonalumi and Gianni Colombo.
In 1969 he returned to dealing with the ceramics sector. He is a member of the “Consiglio Nazionale della Ceramica”. For a decade he was President of the ASNART (National Association for Artistic and Traditional Craftsmanship), of which he is now the Honorary President.
His major shows include: