Venice, Italy, 1979.
From 1999 to 2005, Andreotta Calò studied in the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, later continuing his studies in the KunstHochSchule in Berlin.
His works include sculptures, site-specific large-scale sculptures and spatial objects that transform fragments of buildings and entire landscapes. These spaces are often designed to be included in a rich mosaic of self-referenced connections by using dense natural elements with symbolic meanings such as water, light and fire.
His work is based on conceptual practices and typical processes of the artists of the 60s and 70s, but it also evolves in new directions. It always emerges as the result of a long process of investigation into materials, ranging from the most classic ones such as bronze and wood up to the most unusual ones such as caranto clay (the underwater layer beneath the city of Venice). His interest in organic materials links his work to current international debates about the use and dispersion of primary materials and matters of socio-ecological change. The constant re-creation and reconfiguration of his works based on the geographic and cultural context in which they are exhibited is an integral part of his artistic method.
Andreotta Calò’s investigations are articulated around an intense mixture of dimensions developed via a process of withdrawing fragments from reality and re-appropriating architecture, landscape and their very history. He creates works that cross the borders between sculpture, activities and direct architectural intervention. Thus, the work of art presented to the public is never an object especially made, or simply the result of a project, but rather a process of time immersed in physical material and a space, given its shape through both the environs with which it interacts and through the energies released within it.
He has been a resident artist in the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2009-2011). In 2017, he represented Italy in the Venice Bienniale.
He works and lives in Italy and the Netherlands.
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