Italian artist Mauro Bonaventura stands out in the Murano glass sculpture scene for his skill in using the technique of the Venetian art of lampworked glass. His artistic production evolves through a path that starts with a technical challenge with the material glass and continues with stretches of introspection, resulting in glass sculptures that represent human beings grappling with their daily challenges, which characterize existence itself, personal success and social acceptance.

His artistic drive stems precisely from a desire to overcome the technical and dimensional limitations of lampworking considered until then secondary and less important than furnace glassmaking, which initially seemed restrictive, with the goal of creating of large-scale sculptures. This daily challenge with Murano glass became a distinctive feature of his art, constantly fueled by the ambition to overcome the physical limits of the material itself.


In the primordial creative phase, Venetian sculptor Mauro Bonaventura represents this challenge through the concept of the “Gabbia – Cage,” symbolized by the sphere of interwoven Murano glass filaments, which protects and at the same time imprisons the human being.


In the next phase, the Venetian artist manifested his creative flair through a deeper awareness of the individual’s existential limitations and the need to overcome them. In this introspective phase the venetian scultor Mauro Bonaventura represents the vision of the world and humanity, with sculptural compositions composed of of interwoven modules to build real works of art.

This artistic journey reflects the personal growth of Venetian sculptor Mauro Bonaventura, producing works of art that communicate the artist’s challenge and ambition in his attempt to overcome not only the technical limitations of glass material but also the limitations of each man, which characterize the eternal “cage” of existence.

An expression of that phase of “Fuga dalla Gabbia – Escape from the Cage” are the Murano glass sculptures depicting human beings intertwined with other humans, with works from the “One-on-one” series. The glass sculptures in this period depict human beings intertwined with each other, struggling or conversely supporting each other, resulting in compositions called “Ruota – wheel”; “wall”; “Carosello – carousel” and “Torre – tower”.

This phase also includes the defined glass sculptures entitled “Sinapsi – Synapses,” which are representative of the human psyche, which with its anxieties and fears constitutes the real limitation for man to overcome.


In the last phase the human is represented finally free, in taking flight or otherwise out of the “Gabbia – Cage.” The glass sculptures depicting man at natural height are from this period.

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