Antoniucci volti 1915-1989

Son of a stone cutter from Perugia (Italy) Antoniucci Voltigerno, known as Volti - of French nationality - was born on January 1st, 1915 in Albano. After studying at the communal school of Villefranche, Volti joined the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Nice. In 1932, he obtained a gold medal at the Marseille Fair for two polychromatic bas-reliefs. That same year, he came to Paris and enrolled in Les Beaux Arts in the studio of Jean Boucher, where he was received a temporary student at the end of the year.

He obtained in 1936 the first second Grand Prix of Rome for his work: the Christian Martyr. During all this period, he worked every afternoon to live, making moldings, painting in buildings, various decorations, etc ... In addition, he obtains various prizes from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Institute of France (Prix Roux, Prix Lemaire-Bridau, etc ...). In October, he married Antoinette Menant, daughter of the sculptor and academician Jules Coutant. The same year he called to leave under the flags. In 1939 he was made prisoner of war and in 1942 met the painter Alfred Gaspart in the stalag VIIA with which he made remarkable drawings, testimony to the daily life of the camps.

In 1943, after being ill, Volti was repatriated on 20 March. He brings back his works of captivity as well as those of his friend Alfred. Arrived in France, he finds his studio of the 5, street Jean Ferrandi in Paris in the XIVth. The latter will be destroyed by a bomb on 2 September of the same year. His reflections during his captivity and this sinister destroyed all his artistic past and the diverse influences he received from his masters. Antoniucci Volti really began his career as a sculptor and signed his works "Volti". In November his first son, Pierre was born. In 1950 Volti was appointed professor of woodcarving at the Ecole des Arts Appliqués in Paris. That same year, he also made an exhibition at Galerie Claude and became one of the founding members of the Committee of the "Salon de la Jeune Sculpture" where he will exhibit regularly every year. He also participated in the exhibition "Permanence de la forme" organized by Jean Bouret at the Galerie de la Boétie, the exhibition "Le Nu de Rodin à nos jours" at the Maison de la Pensée Française, and finally Another international exhibition in Belgium. 1952: Volti realizes Harmonie which will enter the National Museum of Modern Art as well as the Bust of Pierre for the city of Paris.

He executed a decoration for the sanatorium of Abreschviller in Moselle and made a special exhibition at the Center of the international relations. In 1953, Exhibition Galerie Chardin and participation in an international exhibition in Italy. Volti flows in bronze a little Baigneuse who will go to the Museum of Albi and sculpt the Summer for the Museum of Menton. He made a decoration for the school group of Salins-les-Bains. He is invited for the first time to the "Painters Witnesses of their Time", where he will be re-invited the following years. His career is punctuated by dozens and dozens of retrospectives, participations in numerous biennales, prestigious commissions, acquisitions by numerous museums and several great collectors. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1963. He died in 1989.


VictoriaAntoniucci Volti 1915-1989
Sanguine 19" X 15" / 48 X 38 cm 3000.00$ CAN