Livio De Marchi
a Venetian Icon
The Wood sculptures of
Livio De Marchi are recognized and appreciated in countries across
There is a special appeal to
his realistic wood sculptures that makes his Gallery in Venice an
important place to visit, in spite of the competition from the great
historic landmarks of the City.
The Houses of Books
are among his most famous Work. These are actual houses with Roofs,
Walls and every piece of furniture inside built amazingly around the
theme of Books.
He built one in the Venetian country side, one in
Germany and one in Japan.
Livio’s Work was shown in many Museums,
International Exhibits and important Galleries across the World.
His Wood Sculptures were shown for the first time in
New York City in the Spring of 2002
Mostly Glass brought
Livio to New York through the Gigantic Doors of SOFA
Livio De Marchi
A more detailed profile
of the Philosopher of Realistic Art
was born in Venice where as a child, he worked on ornamental
sculptures in the Venetian tradition in the workshop of a craftsman.
At the same he studied art and drawing at the Accademia di Belle
Arti in Venice. He showed great skills in moulding materials,
transforming them with wit and panache and easily creating
sculptures with grat details. During his artistic evolution he
started with marble, then bronze, and eventually settled on his
favorite medium, Wood.
he opened his studio, Livio has allowed his fantasy to take wing,
exteriorizing his inner World. Following a personal tragedy, he
found solace in his Art and decided to continue in the venue that
was making him happy, and
the persons around him happy too.
artwork was exhibited World Wide: Milan, Florence, London, Paris,
Düsseldorf, Zürich, Tokyo, Los Angeles, San Fancisco, Chicago and
now New York. It was acclaimed in several magazines such as
"Interior Design", "Capital", "Casa Vogue", "Madame Figaro",
"Vogue", "Hauser", "Decoration"..., and was the subject of many
television features in several countries.
1985, Livio created an enormous
in wood . In 1986 a gigantic floating woman'. In 1987 he carved
a dove of peace which stands alongside the paper hat in the Central
Park in Himeji (Japan) as a monument. In the same year the
Kunsthalle Museum in Emden (Germany) acquired a big pot with brushes
Flowers of the Artist. At Kimihiro Fujii's Gallery Hiro in
Tokyo there was a personal show. In 1988 he realized a floating
lifesize 1937 Jaguar, sculptured in wood.
Carsch House in Düsseldorf (Germany) organized a personal show for
1989 he carved la lifesize Fiat Topolino mod. A. The Jelmoli company
in Zürich organized a
1990, he created the
House of Books. It is in S. Anna
- Tambre D'Alpago, Italy. It has already achieved worldwide fame. In
1991 the Jelmoli company organized another show for him in Zürich.
In 1993 Dutch Television (Tros) made a special documentary about
Ripley's American Museum in S. Augustine - Florida purchased the
"Fiat Topolino" and the floating "1937 Jaguar". The museum of art
in Muskegon - Michigan (U.S.A.) purchased a big pot of brushes to
put on display in the museum. Livio De Marchi carried out the "House
of Books n. 2" in Germany - Bergneustadt (between Frankfurt and
Köln) for a private collection. In 1994 he realized a floating work
of art with the title "a dream in Venice": a huge pumpkin drawn by 4
horses, which rear up when the driver pulls the reins. The pumpkin
can accomodate 4 people. It was one of the jewels of Carnival 1994.
After a few months the museum "Ripley's Believe it or not!" obtained
this piece, too for its collection. In October 1994, he constructed
his "House of Books n. 3" in Japan,. It is at the Pension Costa del
Sol on the peninsula of Izu, in front of the Pacific Ocean. Livio
intends to execute 10 of his "House of Books" creations around the
For Carnival 1995 he carved an 8 metre high vase with 12 flowers (4
roses, 4 tulips, 4 daisies). It was anchored near the Dogana on the
Grand Canal. In Spring 1995 Angelika Obermüller organized a personal
show in Munich in her Gallerie + Tee. In June 1995 he showed his
artworks in a personal exhibition in Austria in a wonderful old
castle in Frohnleiten. From March 30th to May 4th 1996 there was a
Galerie Lieve Hemel in Amsterdam. In February 1997 he created a
floating wooden motor car "Mercedes Seagull",and it was shown at the
Art fair KunstRAI and there was another personal exhibition at the
Galerie Lieve Hemel in May-July. In Febuary 1999 he created a
floating wooden car “Volkswagen Beetle”,and it was shown at the Art
fair Kunst RAI in June 1999 and in June-July 1999 a personal
exhibition was shown at the Galerie Lieve Hemel.
In 1999 - 2001 his works were shown at SOFA Chicago c/o Mostly Glass
Gallery. In 2000 the exhibition Il Legno in Vetro
was shown at the gallery Pauly, S.Marco square in
Venice. In 2000 he created a floating wooden
Ferrari F50. In 2001 the Ferrari
shown at the Palm Springs International Art Fair in California. This was the start of USA
Tour coordinated by Mostly Glass Gallery, Englewood NJ.