Alessandro Iacopelli

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Alessandro Iacopelli 

Born in Rome, Italy,
22 October 1982

Graduated in Set Decoration with first
class honors

 My works are born from a deep and passionate
love for entomology, meaning the branch of zoology that deals with insects. In
my childhood I was rarely engaged in games with boys my age. Rather, I was very
much attracted to - and absorbed by - the watching and the research of that
fascinating world of unusual interest for a child: the world of insects.

 One day, some years ago, by chance I
took pictures of an insect by using a digital camera and was able to discover a
reality previously hidden to my gaze; it was the universe of shapes and colors
that has inspired many a design for modern architectures.

 My works, thus, are often inspired by
the representation of the creatures I observe when turning to what has become a
real passion for me: the macro-photography of insects.

 The choice of materials to use for my
sculptures came about by chance when watching my brother using some metal
sheets to provide the cover for a book. With the waste material I proceeded to
create some small insects. I was delighted by the ease the metal sheet
allowed  shaping forms and by the final
result so beautiful to the eye.

 At that time I was a high school student
in a Roman Liceo specializing in art subjects; all activities were quite
interesting, though theory classes were sometimes not very exciting. So I took
to sketching during classes, with the result that I received very good marks in
pencil drawing of ornaments and figure sketching. Yet I missed the possibility
to experiment with new materials to suit my need for artistic creativity.

 After high school I temporarily put
studies aside and started working with my father who is a set decorator in Rome’s Cinema
. It gave me the
opportunity to learn how to use wood for stage decorations. Also, I discovered
that set decoration was functional to learning the skills necessary for the
artistic creations I had in mind. I therefore joined the Roman Academy of Arts
to major in Set Decoration.

 Also, I enlisted in the F.N.U.R., an
Association for Naturalistic Photography. I bought my first Digital Reflex
camera, with a macro lens for very small objects, so as to pursue my passion
for insect photography. Indeed, my interest for the subject grew very deep and
I took to travelling in remote areas, alone, with my equipment for the close
study of insects unknown to me as my only companion. It gave me the magic
opportunity to record on film, and into my memory, every living creature and
beautiful landscape I was lucky enough to encounter in my expeditions.

 During my years at the Academy I took to
painting and produced a great number of paintings, but discovered that this art
was not exactly my favorite means of expression. So I started to put metal
pieces into my paintings, but finally realized that it was metal sculpture that
really gave me the artistic satisfaction I was looking for. Out of my early
works in metal plate and wood, the first one was a lamp by the title of Trojan Horse Lamp.

 I graduated from the Academy in March
2009, presenting a Thesis by the title Insects
in the History of Arts
. It was very much appreciated and received 110 marks
out of 110. The Thesis also provided me with the possibility of doing research
on artists with my same inclination for insects applied to arts – a binomial
that has become indissoluble to me.

 In the year 2005 I participated to some
academic exhibitions by the ALEPH Association in Perugia. In particular one exhibition named Animalia Metalla Terra Nata gave me the
great satisfaction to see my sculpture Liberty being
sold even before the exhibition got under way: It was bought by the exhibition’s

 At another exhibition dedicated to Art in Nature and Nature in Art, in
Villa Torlonia, Rome,
2008, the very same fortunate situation occurred again. This time too the
exhibition’s curator appreciated and bought one of my sculptures called Macrostudio 05.

 In January 2010 I participated to
further two exhibitions: The DDANG
Festival of Arts
in Bracciano, near Rome
and, simultaneously the Premio Bruno
, sponsored by the Roman representation of the UIL, a major Labour
Union, in collaboration with MEGA ART.

 To this day I have created a number of
sculptures that you can view on my website. 

 Materials I have used for my works
include: Aluminum 6/10-7/10; pinewood – easy to shape, yet resistant; stucco
work; and finally a synthetic spray varnishing; I have recently started to
employ bi-component resins, adding polyester stucco and glass fibers.

 I continue to be active in the Cinema
environment, carrying out set decorations. Also, I further pursue my passion
for photography.

© All of the images on this website are copyrighted original artworks by their author and are protected by international copyright law. No materials in this gallery may be reproduced, copied, downloaded, or used in any form without written permission of the contemporary artist Alessandro Iacopelli.
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