Stefano Prina

Sculpture
Italy

About the artist

"My passion is eyes, which I use in isolation as affective and evocative objects to create anthropomorphic sculptures"

Born in 1965, the Milanese architect has always cultivated a passion for manual creations. His main themes include playful objects, kinetic art and Leonardo’s machines. The realization of eyes in all scales and of different animal breeds is his latest passion. The eyes are used in isolation as affective and evocative objects, for realistic animal portraits and to create anthropomorphic sculptures with a vintage and ironic flavor.

Stefano Prina

His workshop, active since 1984, is a hybrid between a design studio and a workshop of yesteryear, where the ideas of architects, set designers, artists who want to be accompanied in the creation of an object and are sensitive to its material and production aspects take shape from the earliest stages of conception. In his practice as a model maker and creator of mock-ups and prototypes, he loves to combine traditional and innovative materials with a wide variety of processes, seeking the best synthesis between the technical properties of the materials and their aesthetic potential.

His main interests include playful objects, kinetic art and Leonardesque machines. The design of eyes in all scales and of different animal breeds is his latest passion. The eyes are used in isolation as emotional and evocative objects, for realistic animal portraits and for the creation of anthropomorphic sculptures with a vintage and ironic flavour. The suggestion underlying these small, entirely handmade works of art is that of the eye as a centrifugal force capable of attracting and sustaining the light and positive energy of whatever surrounds it, a kind of “organic mandala” for a meditation on the nature of living things.

Works | Series

Whales - Moby Dick made of brass, copper, aluminium and wood

Heart

small wallfish

References

In recent years he has exhibited 10 works at the Civic Aquarium in Milan, participated in two AAFs in Milan and one in Amsterdam, exhibited in various studios in Milan and Paris with sculptures made of mixed materials and found objects.

Group exhibitions

Zoommaginario, Torino 2014

Orticolario, Como 2017

 

It was selected by the Zoommaginario jury in Turin with a work on the theme of fantastic animals.

In 2016 he won first prize for Naviglio Art in the sculpture category and a special mention at Orticolario 2017 for an installation of 30 wooden whales hanging from old trees.

In 2018, he was selected to represent the Italian art manufacture at the International Fashion Cultural and Creative Industries Expo in Wenzhou, Shanghai.