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Meet Alberto Fusco
By Javier Melian (www.chrom-art.org co-founder)
This charismatic Italian artist is increasingly in high demand. His incredibly subtle and balanced paper sculptures are collected by the likes of Matt Lucas who picked Fusco's artworks for his LA home. His creativity has no bounds; read on to discover.
Born in Naples, Italy, Alberto has been very creative since an early age, and for this reason at school he was nicknamed ‘the artist’. “My father died when I was very young and I missed having him into my life”, he tells us. His passion for figurative art, in particular sculpture, led him to study art and to be the art assistant of leading contemporary Neapolitan artists. In 1994 he moved to London to further his art studies and career.
Firstly he enrolled on a foundation course in fine art and subsequently a BA in Art for the Community, which he completed in 2003 with specialization in mosaics. The same year he was commissioned a four meter mosaic mural for the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Another big mosaic commission followed, about five square meters, for the Herthlands Hospital in Birmingham. It took him more than three months to finish, as he worked entirely on his own.
Paradoxically, he moved from stones to paper as the credit crunch stopped big commissions, and retrained as high school teacher. He took a sculpture course in the Kensington & Chelsea
College. Then came the idea of using recycled Art magazines to make standing sculptures and on canvas.
Alberto participated at The Other Art Fair in 2011 and it was a big commercial success, selling several high value pieces. He repeated in 2012, and again in April 2013 with the unexpected visit of Little Britain’s Matt Lucas, who bought his art and shipped it to his LA home. A number of commissions rolled on after that.
He is also done well in competitions, being shortlisted for Saatchi’s Online Showdown in 2011 and 2012, and also at the Clapham Art Prize for London artists that he was very close to win.
He as one of the three winners of the Office Space competition at The Other Art Fair in November 2013, and shortlisted at Cork Street Gallery Open Exhibition in 2013
By combining unusual materials with a strong sense of colour and form his work reflects the volatility and the power of human emotions: “I like the unpredictability of found materials and enjoy the inventiveness necessary to transform them into a sculpture and I hope to inspire people to do the same with materials that are discarded”… “I’ve got lots of conceptual ideas but I need the space to create very large scale works. Storing is a problem for me as works cannot be piled up as they get damaged easily”.
You can buy his art through his website (www.albertofusco.com) and at Hollywood Road Gallery in Chelsea that is also taking him to the Affordable Art Fair this year starting next week, great opportunity to pop by and say hello!