“In my work I try to be sincere, to recognize what is special about simple things and to bring it to light.”
Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba—professionally known simply as Marcantonio—is a dreamer. He prefers flights of fancy and imagination to the world around him, and he brings them to us—or perhaps us to them—through a distinctive skill for realizing his thoughts in physical form.
Trained at the Art Institute and Academy of Fine Arts in Ravenna, Italy, Marcantonio began his career working in theatre and collaborating with architects. He soon began creating his own work, which, owing to its inherent sense of whimsy, truth, and simplicity, as well as a tremendously playful individuality, quickly began to draw attention to its creator.
Primarily a sculptor, Marcantonio regards himself an artist more than a designer. In his mind, art and design are distinct, but united. Thematically, Marcantonio’s designs tend to evoke the sense of unification found in his thoughts on art and design.
From his animal lamp collections, such as Monkey, Bird, and Mouse—which feature realistically sculpted animals interacting with light fixtures—to his September 2018 installation in the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio, and Molise, Animale-Vegetale (Il Cuore), Marcantonio explores the way concepts such as man and nature, animal and vegetable, or nature and technology feed and flow into one another.
Working from his private workshop, Marcantonio continues to be inspired by nature and its life principles, and thus continues to find depth in whimsy, sophistication in simplicity, and reality in imagination.