Eliseo Mattiacci (b.1940, Cagli, Italy) lives and works in Pesaro, Italy, and is considered one of the great Italian sculptors of his generation. Throughout his career he has rejected any label that has sought to categorize his work or make him part of any school, and thus he has retained an independent identity in the history of this period.
Now in his late 70s, Mattiacci has spent the past 50 years using sculpture to explore mankind’s relationship with space and the universe, questioning on visible and invisible physical energies – such as gravity or magnetic forces – powered by a constant and ideal tension to challenge them.
Mattiacci has represented Italy twice at the Venice Biennale (1972 and 1988) and in 1993 he was awarded the inaugural solo exhibition at the Fondazione Prada, Milan. Among the awards received, the first prize at the 1995 Fujisankei Hokone Open Air Museum Biennal in Tokyo and in 2008 the Feltrinelli sculpture award of the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome. In 2016 he was the subject of an important retrospective at the MART Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy.