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SEVERINO BRACCIALARGE (article first published : 2002-01-23)

The NSA will host an exhibition of recent sculptures and functional art by KZN Midlands-based artist Severino Braccialarge from February 5. Dr Givanni Davoli, Consul of Italy in Durban, will conduct the official opening at 18h00.

Born and educated in Italy, Severino Braccialarge has been living in intervals for many years in South Africa and Pietrasanta, Italy, where he trained in marble carving and bronze castings. He took up full time sculpture in 1982 after a successful career in architecture and interior design. He has exhibited extensively in Italy, Luxemborg, Holland and Johannesburg, and taught sculpture at the Funda centre in Soweto and the Accademia Belle Arti in Lecce, Italy.

In 1997 Severino moved to the KZN Midlands and has designed and built a forest lodge where he has a studio and a gallery.

As a sculptor, his interest lies mainly with European forms and he introduces these traditions to an African context, with interesting results. The classic influences have developed in Severino’s work towards a free flow of forms which are reminiscent of pre-historic images: beaks, horns, claws and wings. As a sculptor he follows the demands of his medium – his chisel following the grain and colours of the imported Italian marble, creating contrasts between smooth and rough surfaces.

In his exhibition Severino will also display new works as part of his Functional Art Project, consisting of unusual furniture pieces, derived from his earlier organic sculptures developed a couple of years ago. Pieces were created in wood, aluminium, marble and glass, with each piece original, introduced as functional elements in a daily environment.

This exhibition, which runs until February 25, received funding from the Italian Institute of Culture in Pretoria and the Consulate of Italy in Durban.




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