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Lino Tagliapietra (Italian, b.1934)

Sculptures

Birth Place: Murano, Italy

Biography:

Who is glass blower Lino Tagliapietra?

Lino Tagliapietra is a sculptor and Venetian glassblower whose work as a teacher, mentor, and artist has influenced an entire generation of glass artists. Since the age of 25, he has earned the rank of Maestro glassblower. His work is notable in that he often applies and takes influence from modern artists like Mark Rothko and Ellsworth Kelly. His work is also influenced by his studies at the Murano Glass Museum, a famed glass-blowing repository, and a resource that has led Tagliapietra to experiment with classical techniques.

Tagliapietra has worked with some of the most prestigious glass factories in all of Spain including Vetreria Galliano Ferro, La Murrina, and Effetre International. The latter of these is especially important to Tagliapietra’s career as he was their artistic and technical director for much of the 1970s and 1980s. He has won countless awards throughout his artistic career, but some of the most prestigious include the Visionary Award from Art Palm Beach, The Libensky Award from the Pilchuck Glass School, and The Glass Art Society Lifetime Achievement Award. His pieces are highly sought after by collectors all over the world.

What kind of art does Lino Tagliapietra make?

Lino Tagliapietra makes glass art, with expert skills learned over a lifetime of study, practice, and a highly trained aesthetic eye. Tagliapietra’s skills allow him to go from one glass blowing discipline to the next with ease, he has mastered all the classical forms and techniques, often pairing them with modern artistic sensibilities. His work is so inspiring that fellow glass blowing legend, Dale Chihuly called Tagliapietra, “the greatest glassblower in the world.” His pieces are full of flowing lines, beautiful geometric structures, and rich colors that dazzle the eye. His Venetian sensibilities toward glass work as a starting point, but Tagliapietra’s real genius is shown when he allows himself to experiment and conceive of new ways and methods for glass blowing. No matter how you are affected, it’s obvious that Tagliapietra’s work is that of a genius operating at the height of his powers.

How did painter Lino Tagliapietra get started?

Lino Tagliapietra was born in Italy, in a small apartment on the island of Murano. From the start, Tagliapietra seemed to be born for glass blowing greatness. Murano’s history of glass making dated all the way back to 1291, and Tagliapietra took full advantage of the opportunities this presented him. He began to apprentice at 12 years old under the tutelage of Archimede Seguso, a maestro of glass blowing in his own right. He followed this by two years of work as a water carrier at the Gagliano Ferro factory. Most of Tagliapietra’s art education outside of glass blowing was almost completely self-taught. After returning from mandatory military service in the 1950s, Tagliapietra set up shop, working with a number of Italy’s best glass factories to produce the one-of-a-kind pieces that would make him famous.

How much are Lino Tagliapietra pieces worth?

Lino Tagliapietra pieces can be worth anywhere from a few thousand dollars all the way up to fifty thousand or more for major pieces. His pieces are one of a kind and often outperform even their high estimates by a significant amount when they come up at auction. The most ever paid for a piece of Lino Tagliapietra glass at auction is $118,750 for the piece Masai (Twelve Elements) Murano, Italy (2010) which sold on May 20th, 2018. It is an outlier in terms of price (the next highest-selling piece is $46,880), but not in terms of quality. Any Lino Tagliapietra piece is a great investment opportunity for the savvy collector. They are the work of a true master.

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