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Tribute to Italo Calvino

" ... Collecting the notes taken in random order in our review, we confirm that Cristiani's manners and languages in his "tribute" to Calvino are very different, always associated with irony and phantasy. Drawing, of course, from his personal imaginative background: sea, travel, exploration, dream, adventure, fishing, game, craft. But each time preferring, according to his inspiration, lyrical softness, or childlike innocence, or the use of styles inspired by folk tradition, or the vein of irony.
Also his relationship with Calvino appears fluid and not subject to strict rules: because it flows, as we have seen, sometimes from a strict re-execution, in most cases from a procedure of selection, in others as result of independent interpretation.
Again confirming Cristiani's freshness and inventive mutability..
."

From introductory essay "The cities of Italo Calvino (and other paths)", Clelia Martignoni
november 1997

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

Armilla (1997) Brass, coloured pottery
(cm. 116x103x26)

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

Ipazia (1994) Acrylic on wood
(cm. 65x123)

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

Moriana (1994) Oil and acrylic on wood and glass with different materials
(cm. 57x57)

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

Moriana (1994)Oil and acrylic on wood and glass with different materials
(cm. 57x57)

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

Zenobia (1995) Wood and different materials (h cm. 194)
Private Collection

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

La distanza dalla luna (1996) Oil and acrylic on wood
and different materials (cm. 58x76)
Private collection

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

Un segno nello spazio (1997) Oil and acrylic on wood
(cm. 50x114)

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

Pentesilea (1997) Acrylic on wood and different materials (cm. 42x54x24)
Private collection

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

Lindberg (1997) Acrylic on wood and brass (h cm. 115)
Private collection

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

The Carpenter (1997) Waxed wood, painted Terracotta, cloth and steel
(cm. 166x28x40)

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

The Manager (1997) Leather, polychrome Terracotta, wood and toy
(cm. 35x76x40)
Private collection

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

The Palaeontologist (1997) Waxed wood and polychrome Terracotta
(cm. 33x76x06)

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

The Professor (1997) Brass, polychrome Terracotta, painted cloth and paper (cm. 80x15x9,5)
Private collection

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

The Marry-go-round woman (1997) Painted cloth, glass, polychrome Terracotta, different materials
(cm. 69x36)

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

The Photographer (1997) Wood, mirror, Terracotta and different materials
(cm. 60x112)

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

The Gardener (1997) Dried flower, polychrome Terracotta, and wood
(h cm. 103)

Tributo a Italo Calvino -

Ersilia (2010)