Fabio Viale is an Italian sculptor based in Turin, Italy. Having started working with marble at the age of 16, he has taken his expertise in the art of traditional sculpture and applied a unique new approach to show us a new way of looking at the old and familiar.
Viale’s incredible marble works have been showcased in New York, Basel, Miami and London, and have won many prestigious awards in Italy. His hyperrealistic works have been curated by numerous prominent art critics, and both public and private collectors are eager to invest in Fabio Viale as a rising star of the art world.
For those looking to buy Fabio Viale art to enjoy now and potentially profit from in the future, Maddox Gallery is delighted to represent several of the artists’ works.
Graduating from The University of Turin in 2008, Viale specialised in contemporary sculpture, and has been experimenting with this medium ever since. Working exclusively with the classic material of Carrara marble – a tradition spanning the history of Italian art – Fabio Viale turns the practice on its head and challenges tradition.
The process of sculpting with marble requires both mental and physical strength to plan, manipulate and execute. However, Viale succeeds in not only flawlessly mimicking the human form, but also playing with concepts of form and identity.
Sculptures such as Skull and Venere Italica are produced in marble, but made to resemble the textured surface of polystyrene, creating a semantic displacement.
“I’m fascinated by it [marble]. The material allows me to create the shapes that I envision. There’s nothing I can’t do with it’ – Fabio Viale
Viale also recreates classic Romanesque forms with faux-crumbling sculptures. Using the bodies of famous sculptures such as the Venus de Milo as his canvas, Fabio Viale then decorates them with realistic tattoos inspired by different subcultures from around the world.
From traditional bodysuits of the Japanese Yakuza to Russian prison tattoos, his artworks deliver a sharp contrast between the traditional purity associated with white marble classical sculpture, and the dark and gritty connotations of the politically charged body art they bear.
“It’s fantastic the way he works with marble, a traditional and almost holy material… He interprets the marble in such a way that something modern and contemporary comes out of it” – Pietro Gagliardi, Fabio Viale’s art dealer.
Fabio Viale cites human memory and history as inspirations for his work, recalling the historical destruction and vandalism of iconic artworks committed in the past. His figures represent a ‘souvenir’ of these violent acts.
Viale recreates some of the most famous ancient sculpture to scale. The hand of Constantine, part of the colossus of Constantine and preserved in the Capitoline Museums, is now entitled Door Release. Around two meters high, it is now marked with the tattoos of Soviet prisoners.
In creating sculptures from fragments of historically significant statues, he references Greek and Renaissance antiquity not simply in a tribute, but in a functional way to create a fracture in history and in meaning.
For instance, the Venus de Milo acquires a new depth of meaning when covered with tattoos traditionally worn by Soviet prisoners. A figure of mythological beauty, purity and grandeur is paired with symbols of crime and oppression, creating a certain semantic displacement.
By contrasting timeless classical beauty with more modern cultural heritage, Fabio Viale art is wholly unique and incredibly striking.