the sculptor

Tore Angioni, stages in Europe with Sardinia in the heart

From Pula to Algeria passing through Romania, Angioni has toured half the world with his art
tore angioni (foto concessa)
Tore Angioni (foto concessa)

Globetrotting sculptor and poet with Sardinia in his heart. Tore Angioni was born in Pula on April 16, 1949. At the age of 18 he made his first clay sculpture: a self-portrait.

A little later he devoted himself to painting and poetry. In 1975 he moved to San Sperate, his wife's country of origin. In that place he met Pinuccio Sciola and thus began to devote himself to stone sculptures. Participate in various group exhibitions. In 1980 here is the first personal exhibition at the circle of via Picciau in Cagliari. Then in Quartu, Selargius and Monserrato with the musical group the Inti-Illimani as a guest. Then participate in the first Sardinian biennial held at the Cagliari trade fair.

In 1982 personal at the art gallery "Il Ragno" in Quartu Sant'Elena. In 1984 he exhibited his works together with the cartoonist Franco Putzolu. It was in that period that the great leap came with the creation of the concrete sculpture "The woman who emigrates".

A work 4 meters and 50 centimeters high with a weight of over 50 quintals. He made it in Tiaret in Algeria. Still in Africa he builds another sculpture: "The woman with the child". To Tuili "The sower". In 1988 the standout work is the nativity scene with human-sized concrete characters. In the same year he brought his art to Romania, precisely to Ianca (a town of 15,000 inhabitants).

"It was a wonderful surprise - recalls Angioni -. I was welcomed by the Mayor and the councilors, but also journalists and photographers. A warm welcome that I will never forget. The artist, in these places, is considered. I promised my return. I went later. a few months, October 1988, and I made the two-meter sculpture: the "Seed of Life". The following year I received a call from the director of the Clicherie Stanciu culture house. He asked me for availability to create the monument to the fallen of all wars in the district of Braila. I also did this work. In the early 2000s I proposed to Stanciu and the mayor Fanel Chiriza if there was the possibility of creating an open-air museum involving the whole city. This proposal was immediately accepted. Other artists also joined. Sardinians, then Moldavians, French and Romanians. Today there are thirty murals, fifteen sculptures ".

He then creates some sculptures in the park of Perdasdefogu. Personal and group exhibitions continue: Bologna, Gallarate, Nuoro, Berlin, Oliena and in French cities. In 2007, in Romania he met the painter Ion Voineasu. "He saw my paintings and asked me to set up an exhibition in Braila in the Panait Istrati regional library. I went the following year, in August, by car. I traveled over 2000 kilometers from Genoa. The exhibition was a success. It was the first once for a Sardinian ".

In Romania, Angioni has held solo exhibitions in Buzau (in the art gallery), Braila (municipal hall), Insuratei (house of culture), Galati (house of culture) and Ianca (house of culture and municipal hall). His sculptures are found in various Sardinian squares (Siliqua, Carbonia, Teulada, Villa San Pietro, Selargius, Palmadula, Furtei), in Algeria, Romania, France, Holland and Germany. "I am satisfied with what has been done - closes Angioni, resident in Villamar and in the past in Settimo San Pietro -. I would never have thought of making sculptures outside Italy. I hope to be able to create many others and improve. from the youngest. To the latter who try their hand at art I say: take advantage of the time to continually improve ".

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