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BIOGRAPHY

Lucio Bubacco was born on the island of Murano in 1957. As a small boy, he played with glass, making small animals, beads, and other typical lampwork objects. At fifteen, he received his artisan's license and began marketing Venetian lampwork collectibles.

In 1980, he began studying anatomical drawing with the Venetian artist Alessandro Rossi. His work took a new direction; figures in movement would become the central theme of his work. This early fascination with anatomy, both human and equine, gradually compelled him to test the limits of his craft. He came to challenge any preconceptions that pigeonhole lampworking to the production of small, whimsical, decorative objects that emphasize form and plasticity alone and suppress the sculptural potential of careful elaboration, narrative content, composition and thematic grouping.

Unique in lampworking, his large freestanding sculptures - worked hot and annealed during the production process - employ flexible Murano soft glass rods instead of the more resilient Pyrex or tempered glass. Murano glass – also called soft glass because of its high soda content – is known for its characteristic brightness and appropriateness to lampworking. His technical experience and knowledge of glass colour compatibility further underpin his creation of unique pieces; figures entirely shaped by hand are then incorporated into hand blown vases or castings.

In his never-ending quest to create a living force in glass, Lucio has begun exploring two-dimensional drawing embedded within the glass surface, the line highlighted by coldworking the image or pulling it outside its matrix until it seems to explode into three-dimensional form.

Lucio’s work transcends any traditional application of lampworking. In a hybrid between the anatomic perfection of Greek sculpture and the stylistic refinements of Venetian Gothic architecture, the tension and plasticity of his motifs are placed in a context of narrative surrealism that reflects his original sensibility. Themes of seduction, metamorphosis and transformation, forms emerging out of a void … all echo themes from our mythological past when sexuality was not political but spiritual.

Sammlung Margot and Roman Fuchs, Vienna, Austria
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnaty, USA. Gift by Nancy and David Wolf
Musée Atelier du Verre, Sars-Poteries, France
Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey, Mexico
Niijima Art Center Museum, Niijimamura, Tokyo, Japan
Museo del Vetro, Murano, Venezia, Italy
The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, USA
Venetian Glass Art Museum, Otaru, Japan
National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
J & L Lobmeyr Museum Collection, Vienna, Austria 
Museum Boymans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland
Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village, Millville, New Jersey, USA
Tampa Museum, Tampa, Florida, USA
Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA
Glasmusum Frauenau, Frauenau, Germany
Nagoya Museum, Nagoya, Japan

New Glass Review 17, The Corning Museum of Glass, 1996, published in "Neues Glass ", February 1996
Finalist - Premio Murano, June 29, 1991, (Catalogue: Associazione per lo studio e lo sviluppo della Cultura Muranese), Arte & Vetro: IV Premio Murano, 1990/1991, Arsenale Editrice, Venice 1991
Gold Awards - Kristallnacht International Glass Competition, Artist Confronting the Inconceivable: Award winning Glass Sculpture, Philadelphia, Spring 1991
New Glass Review 12, The Corning Museum of Glass, 1990, published in "Neues Glass", April 1991
New Glass Review 11, The Corning Museum of Glass, 1989, published in "Neues Glass", February 1990

Eternal Temptation, Dan Klein, Norbert Heyl und Cristina Gregorin, Production Studio Norbert Heyl, Litvak Gallery, Tel Aviv 2008
Glassway / Le Stanze del Vetro dall'acheologia ai giorni nostri, Aosta Museo Archeologico Regionale by Rosa Barovier Mentasti, Rosanna Mollo, Patrizia Framarin, Maurizio Sciaccaluga, Anna Geotti, Skirz Ginevra-Milano, June 2002
La Revue de la Ceramique et du Verre n. 124, May/june 2002
Glass Art 2002 by Georgina Fantoni, ARS Grafische Productes & Communicative, Roermond, Netherlands 
Artists in Glass, Late Twentieth Century Masters in Glass by Dan Klein, Mitchel Beazley, Octopus Publishing Group Ltd, London, GB, 2001
Glass Art 2001 by Georgina Fantoni, Field Prints and Graphics' Ltd, Yeovil, GB
Venezia, gli Artisti Artigiani, Norbert Heyl, Vianello Pubblication, Treviso, Italy, 2000
Costa Atlantica Artworks by Costa Crociere, Arte Grafica Amilcare Pizzi SPA, Cinisello Balsamo, Milano, july 2000
Catalogue 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th,, 29th, Annual International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Pontiac, Michigan, USA
Catalogue 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th Annual International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Louise Berndt, "Venezia Aperto Vetro '98", Vetro, January 1999
Venezia Aperto Vetro, Dorigato Attilia, Klein Dan, Barovier Rosa Mentasti, Electa, Venice 1998
Vetro Veneziano 1890 - 1990, Barovier Mentasti Rosa, Arsenale Editrice, Venice 1992
Erotica '93, Festival dell'Erotismo, Granata Press - Metrolibri, Bologna, Italy, April 1993
Wax, Jack, "Two Interviews: Pino Signoretto and Lucio Bubacco" , Glasswork Magazine, N° 14, February 1993
Borowsky, Irvin J. Ed, Artists Confronting the Inconceivable: Award Winning Glass Sculpture, American Interfaith Institute, Philadelphia 1992,
Giorcelli, Rosalba, "Modella sul Vetro i suoi Capolavori: Glass Wizardry - The Bubacco Touch", Weekend Viaggi Magazine, July/August 1990
Glass Art 2001 by Georgina Fantoni

Baisden Gallerie, Tampa, Florida, USA, December 2000
Habatat Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, USA, October 13, 2000
Habatat Galleries, Pontiac, Michigan, USA, April, 2000
Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey, Mexico, April 4, 2000
Scuola Grande dei Carmini, "Nativity", Venezia, Italy, December 18, 1999
Habatat Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, USA, October 17, 1997
Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, April 1996
Habatat Galleries, Recent works, Pontiac, Michigan, USA, May 1996
Venetian Glass Art Museum, "Carnevale di Bubacco", Otaru, Japan, November 1994
Casa Mazzucchelli, "Light of Romance", London, England, June 1994
Habatat Galleries, "Venetian Boudoir", Aspen, Colorado, USA, December 1993
Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, April 2, 1993
Muriel Karasik Gallery, Southampton, New York, USA, October 10, 1992
Venetian Glass Art Museum, Otaru, Japan, September 18, 1992
Habatat Galleries, Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, September 12, 1992
Muriel Karasik Gallery, New York, New York, USA, April 1990
Venetian Glass Art Museum, Otaru, Japan, March 1990
San Marco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, November 1989

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