Gianfranco grew up in Venice, Italy, where he attended the Istituto Statale d’Arte studying stone, bronze, wood and ceramic sculpture. At the invitation of the Municipality of Venice, he exhibited his works at a very young age in two exhibitions, in 1979 and 1984, at the Galleria Comunale Bevilacqua La Masa in St Mark’s Square, Venice, where he showed sculptures in stone and semi-refractory material. Since 1998, Gianfranco Meggiato has participated ceaselessly in a long progression of exhibitions, shows and fairs in Italy and abroad.
The Correr Museum in St. Mark’s Square, the National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome, the Senate Palace in Milan, Duomo Square in Pietrasanta, and Lucca Center of Contemporary Art have all shown Gianfranco’s geometric structures. In 2012, during the Art-Bre exhibition in Cap Martin, he created and presented to Albert II, Prince of Monaco, Sphere Enigma, now placed in Monte Carlo Harbor.
Space plays a very important role in Gianfranco’s work and instills in each piece a sense of lightness and form. The presence of air inside his sculptures kneads with bronze as to demonstrate that the most important things in life are usually the intangible ones. Gianfranco works in the space where human energy—that which manifests in a physical body—intersects with the energy of the space around bodies—that is two forces that generate a third spark. This space-energy, seeps through and rotates amongst the artworks — infusing in them life, rhythm and breath.
Maestro Meggiato says that his works are inspired by biomorphic tissue—a symbol of how organic designs reflect humans’ interconnectedness with the natural world. All of these experiences, usually complicated and as obscure as the interior tissue of his sculptures, are necessary to inner growth.