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Biography Roberto Piaia

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Biography Roberto Piaia:

Italian painter and sculptor, born in Treviso Italy 11/04/1961. Currently, Piaia lives in Mindelheim 87719, City in Lower Allgäu Germany, where paints in his Art Studio in Nebelhornstr. 2. Also, the Master often returns to Pietrasanta (Italy) for bronze castings in the renowned foundries of the city. For sculpt his sculptures in precious Carrara marble is based in the Marble Studio Stagetti in Pietrasanta Via Martiri di S. Anna, 14. His works in Italy are in the Il Forte Arte Gallery in Forte dei Marmi Italy.

He starts as a portraitist, both in painting and in sculpture    

Roberto Piaia paints
Roberto Piaia paints

Formation of Painting:

His artistic talent, already clear since his childhood, finds its way of expression thanks to his autodidact choice. Disciple of master Guerra and Pio X school around 1987, Roberto Piaia attends also Caravaggio school in Firenze in 1990. Afterwards he attends the restoration schools of Praglia Abbazia and Cappella dei Scrovegni in Padova (95 – 98). In this period he assimilates the theory and the practice of the ancient color utilization, which will take him to become master of color. As a result of this, he creates his very personal style in painting:

The Assurfivo:

Is a swirl of colors and shapes which converge smoothly and seamlessly bringing together abstraction, figuration and surrealism. All the paintings are created with basic pencil sketch drawing and oil on canvas. It utilizes the light spectrum of primary colors cleverly fine tuned. Showing – as well as a remarkable technical mastery – references to the great tradition of painting in the past. Reproduced in a modern, contemporary way.                                                                                                  Roberto Piaia ‘s different creative period:

Blue Period, with perfectionism, hyperrealism, transparencies, macchiaiolo impressionism (landscapes) and figurative, in particular a portraitist, he manages to capture the expressive essence of people both in canvas and in marble or bronze. 1975-’79.

Yellow Period, with the Assurfivo (abstract, surreal, figurative) whose Piaia is movement leader and that place itself as innovation in contemporary art and as a new pictorial current, 1999-‘04.

Yellow-Red Period of Assurfivo with transparencies and shadows, interpretative symbologies, in course at the present. In Roberto Piaia’s works appear references to ‘500 classcial school, interpreted in a Modern and Assurfivo viewpoint.

These fascinating esoteric symbols are the signature of quadricromatic Piaia: never the same, reminiscent of an indecipherable language, which tells a story unknown to us, filling the images with mystery.

Sculptural Growth

Roberto Piaia while creating the statue "Over"  with the lost wax process
Roberto Piaia while creating the statue “Over”  with the lost wax process

Biography Innovative Sculpture:

From 2005 to 2008 he follows the teachings of Master Pardini from Padua. Later, in 2009/2012, he moves to Pietrasanta, a renowned Tuscan town famous for its foundries and development of artistic marbles. This allows him to sharpen the technique of clay modeling and carving directly onto the marble of Master Nicola Stagetti. As a result of this, he invented and modeled an innovative spiral shape in sculpture.

The idea of this particular form of Roberto Piaia’s sculptures – worldwide premier – has been copyright recognized and protected.

The Spiral Statues

Roberto Piaia while sculpting the Marble
Roberto Piaia while sculpting the Marble
Built using Carrara statuary marble, resina, and bronze casting through lost wax processes, the statues are created with the face, the hands and the feet, where the typical Piaia executional skills stand out. This world premier innovation consists in the creation of the body: the volume structure is built around a double helix which wraps around itself; with a “full” visual effect in which the form is underlined through a coil, while the void appears suddenly, leaving room for imagination.

Main personal exhibits and awards:

Biography. He also finds media success in 2007-’08 with an exhibition tour that touched the cities of Rome, Venice, Prague and Budapest. In those circumstances he brings a series of original works to symbolise the passage of time through the representation of the same model. Natalia Mesa Bush, portrays it every time differently depending on the month.

In 2009 he officially entered the Gotha of the best Italian painters, having received from the Committee of the Critical Catalogue of Modern Art, (published by Mondadori), the classification of AIC (High Critical Interest).

Following this, 2010 sees him reach a very important milestone. In the renowned “Palazzina delle Belle Arti” in Turin, he exhibits within a 1,500 square meter area an anthology of 180 works of his artistic production. The title of the exhibition is: Essenza al Femminile (Feminine Essence). The critic is curated by Angelo Mistrangelo, and the organization by Carmen De Guarda.

Then in 2012 he approached his art the major Flemish and Dutch Masters of the Seventeenth Century found in the most prestigious museums in the world, the Louvre in Paris and the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Title of the exhibition: Stories of Art. Editors: Carmen De Guarda. In the House / Museum that gave birth to the illustrious painter G.B. Cima of Conegliano.

Roberto Piaia Interview in Andria - Italy
Roberto Piaia Interview in Andria – Italy
Finally, in 2015, he exhibited his spiral statues in two important religious sites. Initially, in the wonderful arts complex of the Church of San Domenico located in the historic center of the City of Andria in Puglia. Then, in the foyer of the Sanctuary of San Pio da Pietrelcina, in San Giovanni Rotondo. (Italy).

In 2016 he received the Free Time Award People of the Year, conferred to Piaia as best artist of the year, from the Republic of Bulgaria Embassy in Rome.

Biography Group Exhibition

One of the most important events of recent years is the showing of a spiral sculpture and an oil on canvas at the 54th Biennale Italian Pavilion in Venice in 2011. Where it received very favorable opinions.

In 2017 he displayed a marble spiral sculpture at the Triennale di Arti Visive hosted at the Vittoriano Complex in Rome.

So, in October – November from the same year, he flies to New York-Chelsea for an exhibition setting in the important Amsterdam Museum Whitney Gallery.

Finally, Roberto Piaia’s statue Over in bronze, steel and silver was selected by the organizers and exhibited from May 10th to 13th at the occasion of Versilia’s Yachting Rendez-vous 2018, a glamour Nautica event in Viareggio.

Besides these, following exposure in homes of many Italian Institutes of Culture abroad, both in Europe and overseas. Among the most important: Sidney (Australia), 2010, Cologne (Germany) 2010, Munich (Germany) 2011, Stockholm (Germany) 2011. Concluding, his works have been exhibited in many Art Fairs. Among the latest, in February 2018 to Art Capital, Au Grand Palais in Paris.


Natalia-January 2007 oil on canvas, 150×100 cm. Turin Sant’Agostino 11/11/08 (valuation €15/20.000) €13.800.

The Junction 2007 oil on canvas, 50×90 cm. Vercelli Meeting Art 21/06/08 (valuation € 10.00) € 5.400.   

Misterious light 2008 oil on canvas, 100×50 cm. Vercelli Meeting Art 28/06/08 (valuation € 1.000) €3.360.                                                                           

The Cradle 2005 oil on canvas, 30×40 cm. Vercelli,Meeting Art, 14/03/2010 (valuation € 1.000) € 2.200. 

The serigraphy of the Seven Deadly Sins 30×20-20×30 Vercelli, Meeting Art 12/09/2010 (valuation €1.200) €.960. 

The Anger oil on canvas 60×60 Vercelli, Meeting Art 19/9/2010 (valuation € 2.000) €3.600.                   

Rest in Assurfivo 2004 oil on canvas 50×70 cm. Vercelli Meeting Art 27/11/2011 (valuation € 1.500) €2.500.                           

Dream 2000 oil on canvas 70×50 cm. San Agostino Torino 19/05/2015 Lot n°418 (valutation €3.000/4.000) € 2.000.

Collections and Commissions


Art Gallery, Lipsia – Germany

Bust in memory of Police Inspector Rosario Sanarico. Naval base of Punta Pezzino, headquarters of the Divers State Police of La Spezia.

Camerana- Agnelli Foundation, Association for the music De Sono,Turin-Lingotto, oil on canvas: Still life with violin n°1

Turin Car Museum Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia, C.so Unità d’Italia oil on canvas: Still life with violin n°2

Turin Musical Union, Castello Square, oil on canvas: Still life with violin n°3


Corriere dell’Arte, La Stampa di Torino, print Torinosette supplement of Turin. Il Messaggero, Il Tempo, La Tribuna (Tv), Il Gazzettino (Tv e Ve) Leggo, La Repubblica, Il Corriere della sera. La nuova di Venezia, La Gazzetta di Venaria (TO), City (TO), Corriere dell’Arte, Il Quindicinale di Vittorio Veneto (Tv), Marca Aperta (Tv), Il Risveglio popolare, La Guida. Il Monviso, Tribuna Novarese, Corriere di Saluzzo, Di Più, Vero, News spettacolo, Cronaca di Roma, Parioli, Poket, Vp. Il Punto City Life, Torino+Piemonte Contemporary Art, Cose di Casa, Colto.


Vedere a Torino supplemento il Giornale dell’Arte. Insideart, Vie del Gusto, Collezionare, Shop in the City, Weekend e viaggi, Artesera, Qui Toring, A di Anna, Composit Magazine. Biografia, Arte & Arte bimensile di acca in arte, Arte Mondadori, Art e Dossier, Torino Magazine. Arte In, 2007 FlashArt supplemento calendario Roberto Piaia 60.000 copie, A.m. Comanducci, Arte Italiana per il Mondo, Talento (TO), Annuario  dell’Arte Moderna Mondadori, Enciclopedia d’Arte, Europa in Arte, Il Tirreno, La Nazione, Il Corriere del Mezzogiorno, Augsburger Allgemeine, Unterallgäu Rundschau.

Exhibition Catalogos

2006 – In the House Cima, Giorgio Segato critical. Published by La Matita d’Arte Veneta.

2007 – General Catalog of Works, Paolo Levi critical. Published by Cairo Mondadori.

2007 – Bacco Venere and Gioielli, Paolo Levi critical.

2010 – The Feminine Essence Carmen De Guarda and Angelo Mistrangelo criticals. Published by Cairo Mondadori.

2012 – Stories of Ligth, Roberto Piaia meets the Flemish and Dutch Masters of ‘600 Published by Faenza Group.


Paolo Levi critical | Giorgio Segato critical | Angelo Mistrangelo critical and journalist | Fabrizio Fantino Art historian | Vittorio Sgarbi critical | Lorena Gava critical | Carmen De Guarda event organizer | Federica Repetto journalist | Wilhelm Unfried journalist | Gianpietro Garoli, M.Battaglia, M.F.Botteri, G. M. Curtarelli Vazzoler, Fabio Girardello, Riccardo Millemaggi Pilonetto, Barbara Ajmar, Elena Ferrarese, Ricardo Petito, Maurizio Vignozzi, Claudia Conardi, A.Pinti, Chiara Tavernari, Barbara Pianalto, Fausto Politino, Ivano Callegaro,


Television appearances

Biography, Tg Rai 3, poi Veneto-Piemonte, anche Rai 3 Piemonte: Buongiornoregione, segue  Tg2: Costume e Società, inoltre Canale 5: Verissimo, Rai 1: La Vita in Diretta, Tele studio (To), Rai 3 Piemonte: Settimanale Quarta Rete (To). Grp Tg, Eden Tv (Treviso), Telenordest (Pd), Torino Web News, Tg Sveva, Tele Radio Padre Pio San Giovanni Rotondo, Tele Norba.

Radio Interviews

Radio Conegliano, Radio Fantastica/Radio Cuore, Radio Energy, Radio Rai 3, Radio in Blu, Radio Classica, Radio Grp, Prima Radio, Radio Palazzo Carli.



Biography, first of all,  www.2 night.it, La mescolanza.it, Freeonline.it, Eventiaroma.it, Il Gazzettino.it, Cronacaqui.it. then, Il Messaggero.it, WindPress.it, Ifatti.com, ItalyBanner.it, Il tempo.it, arsvalue.com, next: exibart.com, undo.nettafter.it, teknemedia.net, continued: contemporarytorinopiemonte.ittorino,zero.eu, futura.unito.it, artein.org, kulone.com, newspettacolo.com, comune.torino.itnext ilgiornaledellarte.com, artshow.itcomune.chieri.to.it, pescara.2night.it, virgilio.it, 123people.it, spaziotorino.it, iomagazine.eu, ciao.it, deastore.com, piemontemagazine.it, arteinforma.it, , expoartcc.ning.com, libero.it, freeonline.it, linkarte.it, cercarte.it, comunicati-stampa.it.


Bacco Venere e Gioielli Roma. Insend by Roberto Piaia. Atelier Roberto Piaia Sernaglia della Battaglia. Then Twn N°119 as Roberto Piaia – The Feminine Essence – Torino Rp.
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