Gianfranco Meggiato was born on 26 August 1963 in Venice where he attended the State Institute of Art studying stone, bronze, wood and ceramic sculpture. Invited at the age of 16 and 21 by the City of Venice, he exhibited three sculptures at the Bevilacqua La Masa Municipal Gallery in Piazza San Marco.
In his work, Meggiato looks at the great masters of the 900: Brancusi for his research into the essential, Moore for the internal-external relationship of his maternity and Calder for the opening to the space of his works. Space, in fact, enters the works of Meggiato and the void becomes as important as the full.
The artist models his sculptures inspired by the biomorphic fabric and the labyrinth, which symbolizes the tortuous path of man in his search to find himself and reveal his own precious inner sphere. Meggiato thereby invents the concept of “introsculpture” in which the gaze of the observer is drawn towards the interiority of the work, not limiting itself only to external surfaces. “On a formal level, space and light do not delimit the work, sliding them around like a roundabout, but they penetrate inside, enveloping the lattices and tangles and coming to illuminate the central sphere as the ideal point of arrival”.
As of 1998, Meggiato began to take part in exhibitions and art fairs in Italy and abroad: USA, Canada, Great Britain, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Principality of Monaco, Ukraine, Russia, India, China, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, South Korea, Singapore, Taipei and Australia.
Between 2007 and 2009, several personal exhibitions and institutional events were dedicated to him: from the Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome to the Palazzo del Senato in Milan and the Museo Correr (Biblioteca Marciana) in Venice, not to mention participation in Open 10, International Sculpture Exhibition at the Lidio in Venice, he also took part in the exhibition of monumental sculptures “Plaza” of Milan, (twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall).
In 2010, he installed a monumental sphere on the GEOX Breath Building in Milan and was also invited to a personal exhibition at UBS BANK in Lugano.
In 2011 and 2013, he was invited to the Venice Biennale in the national pavilions.
In 2012, on the occasion of Art Bre in Cap Martin, his monumental Enigma Sphere 6 metres tall. It was presented to Prince Albert of Monaco and subsequently exhibited in the port of Montecarlo.
In 2014, the Lu.C.C.A. Center of Contemporary Art hosted a solo exhibition of the artist and invited him to take part in the group show Inquieto Novecento: Vedova, Vasarely, Christo, Cattelan, Hirst and the genesis of the third millennium.
In December 2016, he exhibited a monumental sculpture: Sfera Sirio (2 mertes in diameter) in Miami Bayfront Park.
In February 2017, in the majestic sixteenth-century monumental complex of the Misericordia School in Venice, a major anthological exhibition with more than 50 works was inaugurated. Also in the same year, in June, the MARCA museum in Catanzaro inaugurated a major exhibition dedicated to Gianfranco Meggiato organized in the four most important locations in the city: Marca, Scolacium, Musmi and Marca Open with ” The Garden of the Silent Muses” – an installation measuring twenty metres in diameter that involved placing eight monumental works within a labyrinth made up of 4,000 jute bags. The most impressive work: My Free Thought (4 metres tall) was installed permanently in the International Sculpture Park.
Scolacium in August was home to the opera “CARMEN” with a stage design by Meggiato. In the same month, he was selected to exhibit at the 20th anniversary of the OPEN 20 International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations in conjunction with the Venice Film Festival.
In October, he was awarded the prestigious ICOMOS-UNESCO award ”for having masterfully combined the ancient and contemporary in sculptural installations of great evocative power and aesthetic value”.
Also in the same month, on the occasion of Pistoia-Italian capital of culture, Meggiato was invited to exhibit in Piazza Duomo with his installation: Il Mio Pensiero Libero-Le Muse Silenti.
In 2018, he was invited with his installation “The Spiral of Life” to Manifesta 12 Collateral, the European Itinerant Biennial of Contemporary Art and Culture in Palermo Italian Capital of Culture 2018.
In 2019 he was invited to Matera, where he staged from 15 July to 10 September “IL GIARDINO DI ZYZ” on the Belvedere Murgia Timone which – with 5000 bags decorated with the 7 colors of peace and six monumental sculptures – was the largest installation in “Matera European Capital of Culture 2019”.
Promoted by: Ente Parco della Murgia-Timone, ITRIA, Municipality of Matera and sponsored by: Matera 2019 Foundation, Basilicata Region, Basilicata APT, Lu.CCA Lucca contemporary art museums, MARCA of Catanzaro and Greenaccord, The Garden of Zyz – with its “Hand of Fatima” for Muslims, Miriam for Jews, Mary for Orthodox Church and more generally for Christians – sought to be a meeting point between cultures often at odds with each other in the past.
In July and August, Meggiato set up the installation “MUSE SILENTI” in the capital of sculpture: Piazzetta San Martino, Pietrasanta, under the bell tower of Michelangelo, with the patronage of the Municipality of Pietrasanta.