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Sculpture in Bronze by Romolo Del Deo
 “Romolo Del Deo’s sculptures reflect the markings of an ancient world, which is our own. His sculptures depend upon what is suggested by absence as well as upon the parts of the image that we can see, and there is a PERVASIVE, INESCAPABLE POETRY, in these broken beautiful icons.” - Mark Doty- Poet Laureate
Artworks: Selected Sculptures in Bronze by Romolo Del Deo Experience: Selected Press and Statements about the Artwork of Romolo Del Deo
Personal Vision
Instant Antiquity
Beauty and Time
Captivating Erosion
About the Artist
﷯photo - Christina Lessa "First and foremost, I am a sculptor. I studied extensively in the US and Italy with numerous artists and artisans, trained in the old master techniques of lost wax sculpting in bronze, silver & gold as well as marble carving. I have been exhibiting professionally since 1982, have executed numerous monumental works of public sculpture and exhibit continuously both in the US and Europe. Amongst my accomplishments, is creating one of the largest sets of original artistic sculpted bronze doors in the United States. How would I describe my work? Well, in simplest of ways, I would say that my artwork is my link between the Italianate tradition of my cultural past and background filtered through the experience of living in the contemporary New York art world. Classical techniques in the hands of a contemporary artist. Since moving my studio to Provincetown, MA, in 2011 I have been inspired to incorporate the effects of the sand and sea that is all around me into my work. I have developed a unique process for casting bronze impregnating the surface with beach sand during casting which transforms into glass under the heat of the molten bronze and produces a unique surface I call "Vitreous Bronze." This technique allows me to imbue my work with an ephemeral quality, not usually associated with bronze casting. Through my use of ancient and contemporary approaches, my sculptures transcend their moment in time and speak to us of memories, forgotten as well as present, a personal vision transmuted through artwork, the veil of life."
-Romolo Del Deo 2015
Curriculum Vita
Artist's Statement
Bibliography

Le Alle, Unique Sculture in Bronze by Romolo Del Deo

 photo credit Christina Lessa
﷯“Del Deo’s sculpture explores the idea that the past haunts the present through fragments, as Freud claimed. Freud collected ancient figurines and found inspiration in them for his ideas about how the past lives on in us through memory, often in a fractured form. Del Deo is working with a similar notion reinvigorating ancient techniques and using them to produce 'artifacts' of 'instant antiquity.' - Mignon Nixon (Courtauld Institute of Art in London)

Below: Romolo Del Deo speaking in bronze at the Courtauld Institute of Art, LondonRight: Romolo Del Deo hand chasing the scale model maquette of the Masterworks Museum Garden  Fountain

﷯ “Romolo's artwork exists on two levels: one of pure aesthetic balance and beauty, and another of mysterious and evocative narrative. His bronzes seem to be shards from an ancient culture yet are hauntingly contemporary. They refer to his archeological studies, but none portrays a recognizable figure or myth. Playing with the acculturated baggage of classical icons, Romolo's work mirrors the present art world's fractured individuality and inspiration. When creating these relics, Romolo first makes complete figures, then fragments them to their bare essentials. Considering life as bittersweet, he transforms perfect form into fragments that express the contrasting forces of perpetual beauty and passing time..”
- Alexander J. Noelle (New Britain Museum of American Art) (left) "The Beauty of Time" by Romolo Del Deo, New Britain Museum of American Art

Below: Wax models by Romolo Del Deo  "in Progress"  at Studio Romolo in preparation for lost wax casting


﷯ "Sculptor Romolo Del Deo puts a contemporary spin on classical forms. He mixes up bronze casts with dune sand and driftwood. Many of the works look like the shed skins of ancient Greek statuary, thin, torn, and catching dirt. “Sovra’’ depicts an angel’s face and ragged wings - more like those of a frail bat than an emissary of heaven. Half the face is torn away. The texture is gritty and scumbled with the artist’s marks. In Del Deo’s works, beauty erodes, but the erosion itself is captivating." - Cate McQuaid
Boston Globe "Sovra" sculpture in bronze by Romolo Del Deo 
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"Grace Notes
Contemporary Artists salvage elegant shards from centuries past.
Fragmented, twisted, broken,yet always heroic and beautiful despite their travail, the figures of Romolo Del Deo are rooted in classical mythology and romantic ideal. But in their compromised poses, they also indicate a contemporary, post-modern vantage point.
'They all start out as whole figures,' Del Deo observes.'You've got to get rid of the extraneous elements, anything that gets in the way of the thing it-self.' Raised in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the playground of the New York Expressionists, Del Deo discovered Italy in his 20s. But while his bronzes clearly employ classical imagery-suggesting angels, saints, and nymphs, as in Colori di Vita(Blu), right-he does not literally quote from art history. His eager evocations of anatomy and beauty are less an homage to tradition than an expression of his own sensibility. Del Deo's new works mix allusions to trees and natural cycles, suggesting both ruins and sprigs of life." - George Melrod "Colori di Vita (Blu)" Sculpture in bronze by Romolo Del Deo
Instruction: 2016 Workshops, Seminars & Events at Studio Romolo
Room of Light
Daedalus in Venice
Planning a Public Sculpture
"Room of Light" Successful Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign to build Studio Romolo 2015
"Daedalus in Venus" A Video Voyage to Carnival in Venice for the debut of Romolo's Sculpture at the OAC 2016
"Planning a Public Sculpture" Design discovery process for creation of a monument to the Provincetown Fishermen
Enrollees agree to hold Studio Romolo and Romolo Del Deo, as well as his agents, free of all liability while engaged in private study at Studio Romolo. Enrollees
are solely responsible for their persons, their property and their actions. 
Online Credit Card Acceptance via PayPal. Register and receive priority enrollment. Space is limited, PayPal enrollees are guaranteed a placement. You will receive confirmation of your enrollment by email. For questions please contact Studio Romolo at info@studioromolo.com 2016 Summer Curriculum Features the Following Workshops (Individual Workshop Booking Available Now according to limited availability)
2016 Workshops, Seminars and Events at Studio Romolo Complete Curriculum of Atelier Style Private Instruction in Traditional Italian Materials and Methods of Creating Sculpture, Drawing and Idea Mining in the Studio of Award Winning Artist Romolo Del Deo
Old Master Techniques to Create New Contemporary Mastery Special Events & Workshop Opportunities photo by Tatiana Ioug Winner of the Medaglio D'oro for Sculpture 2015 Firenze Biennale 2016 Enrollment is Open for the Entire and Partial Summer Program (Priority Placement) Individual Workshop, Seminar & Events Enrollments available Now (limited by availability)

 

 

  • "Straccio Method" Portrait Master Class @ the Art Academy of London, England June 18-19 10AM-5PM
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    Portrait Sculpture Masterclass ‘Straccio Method’ at the Art Academy of London

    As humans we are hardwired to recognize faces in everything. But ironically, while creating recognizable faces is something even a child can do, bring them artistically to life is a far greater challenge. The Straccio method, a virtuoso method of modeling in clay with humble rags, developed in the Italian Renaissance, creates sculptures of amazing vitality. Straccio method, largely forgotten and faded into obscurity, once allowed artists like Michelangelo and Bernini to work with astonishing rapidity, and breathtaking mastery. This 2-day course aims to expose students to this storied alternative method, building upon your previous experience  to model a clay portrait sculpture from a life model. Discover your own inner Pygmalion and bring your portraiture to life..

    The instructor, Romolo Del Deo, will lead class discussions, hands on demonstrations and instruction in Straccio modeling. His maxim is that no one can teach you how to sculpt as that is something you learn yourself by doing; but what you can be taught is how to see. Students are discouraged from taking hard measurements, instead learning to “line up” the model visually and move through the anatomy “feeling” their way. Straccio is reliant on learning how to read the tactile clues of the sculpture under your fingertips as you model your sculpture through a layer of rags. Straccio is the old master method of descriptive sculpting from the right side of their brain. Register Online

  • "The Other Provincetown Tradition in Art" May 6, 13, 20, 27 & June 3 - 7-9 PM Open University of Wellfleet
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    The Other Provincetown Tradition in Art offered through the Open University of Wellfleet

    $60.00

    The Other Provincetown Tradition in Art with Romolo Del Deo Five Fridays May 6, 13, 20, 27 June 3  7-9  pm Studio Romolo 21 Atkins-Mayo Road Provincetown

     

    Although most art lovers are familiar with the landscape motifs of the lower Cape and its plein air painting, often overlooked is the fact that many of the most celebrated artists who worked here are best understood through their Figurative or Figurated Work. This course, the first to be held at the Del Deo studio in Provincetown, will survey the more than 100 years of Provincetown’s artistic preoccupation with the perhaps unique human experience of creating art at the "edge of the world." Following a legacy that goes back unbroken to Charles Hawthorne, we will meet for five five consecutive Fridays beginning in May to examine past and present masters’ approaches to the figure, supplemented with visits to area museums and galleries.

    Limited parking will be available at the studio or additional parking on Bradford Street, a brief walk away.

     

    Info about class sign ups, due dates for payments, refunds, field trips

  • July 4-8 Idea Building for Artists and Creative Thinkers 5 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM
    A multi disciplinary class in how to develop creative and productive work habits as well as how to turn those habits into creative projects: The objective of this workshop is to explore the creative transition form working with the observed world to working from their internal creative one. Using time tested techniques that have allowed artists for generations to find answers within themselves to expression they did not know they possessed using various media, the class will utilize methods of drawing in charcoal, modeling in clay and journaling to find pathways to develop ideas to express artistic vision. we will expand ideas into the realm of three dimensions, creating observations form our linear work as well as non linear deductions and artistic directions. Using in class lectures and discussions, each participant will develop an artists journal, building from the in-class art work and developing the ideas and visual conclusions outside of class. $625, Online Credit Card registration available.
  • July 9-10 Weekend Beachcombers Idea Building Creativity 2 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM

    A uniquely Provincetown workshop on the backshore of the dunes exploring a method of idea mining that Romolo has used extensively in his work. Artists have been inspired by nature since the dawn of time, in this workshop  you will  go beach-combing along the ocean beach of National Seashore, collecting inspiration from the sea wrack which students will study in one of Provincetown's llast dune shack studios. Drawings, journal notes, photography and collecting will be used to discover inspiration and fuel ideas. This workshop is designed to build on the Studio Idea Building workshop that proceeds it but is not required. Due to transportation and space limitations, enrollment is limited to 4 students per Beachcombing workshop. Students should be physically prepared to be able to walk considerable distance along the ocean beach in sun and wind. $300, Online Credit Card registration available.

  • July 11-14 Natural Drawing 4 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM
    Drawing from the figure with an eye for form, structure and composition as well as anatomy: The student will be provided with the time tested techniques that have allowed artists for generations to find answers within themselves to expression they did not know they possessed. They will explore the creative transition form working with the observed world to working from their internal creative one. We will work with the natural forms as a starting point, using charcoal on large format paper to develop confidence and a basic visual calligraphy. $500, Online Credit Card registration available.
  • July 15-17 Natural Portrait Drawing 3 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM

    Since the dawn of civilization we have been drawn to the idea of depicting faces. Once a staple of the artist’s metier, in recent times, the portrait often has been relegated to more literal and academic minded practitioners. But there are innumerable creative possibilities beyond the cliches associated with portraiture.  This course is intended to bring a fresh look and energy to traditional portraiture. Working in charcoal on paper, from a live model, this course will explore the method and creative possibilities of drawing a portrait. Students will create a life sized finished portrait, learning how to develop ideas about portraiture. The course is open to all levels of experience from beginner to expert. Classes will also feature practical technical instruction as well as individual and group critique. This workshop is designed as preparation for the Creative Clay Portrait workshop but is not required. $375, Online Credit Card registration available.

  • July 18-22 Creative Clay Portrait Sculpture 5 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM

    The face and by extension the portrait can be one of the most powerful communicative subjects for a sculptor to explore.  Once a staple of the sculptor’s metier, in recent times, the portrait often has been relegated to more literal and academic minded practitioners. But there are innumerable creative possibilities beyond the clichés associated with portraiture.  This course is intended to bring a fresh look and energy to traditional portraiture. Working in clay, from a live model, this course will explore the method and creative possibilities of sculpting a portrait. Students will create a life sized finished head, learning how to develop ideas about portraiture and by extension, sculpture. The course is open to all levels of experience from beginner to expert. Classes will also feature practical technical instruction as well as individual and group critique. $625, Online Credit Card registration available.

  • July 23-24 Introductory Creative Clay Figurative Sculpture 2 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM
     "The Introductory Figure Workshop: 2 day instruction in sculpting the figure and from the live model. This workshop is open to all levels from absolute beginner to experienced artist. Students will learn working loosening up skills to "unclench" about working from the figure to enable free and creative seeing and visual thinking. Can be taken as a preparatory workshop for the 5 day Creative Clay Class below or as a standalone course. $250, Online Credit Card registration available.
  • July 25-29 Creative Clay Figurative Sculpture 5 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM
    The figure has always fascinated humanity and been a core source for the creative communication of our existence since the dawn of prehistoric times. Working in clay, from a live model, this course will explore the figure, and methods for creating from it. Students will work both short and long process studies, learning how to develop ideas about the figure. The course is open to all levels of experience. Classes will also feature practical technical instruction as well as individual and group critique. $625, Online Credit Card registration available.
  • July 30-31 Weekend Beachcombers Idea Building Creativity 2 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM

    A uniquely Provincetown workshop on the backshore of the dunes exploring a method of idea mining that Romolo has used extensively in his work. Artists have been inspired by nature since the dawn of time, in this workshop  you will  go beach-combing along the ocean beach of National Seashore, collecting inspiration from the sea wrack which students will study in one of Provincetown's last dune shack studios. Drawings, journal notes, photography and collecting will be used to discover inspiration and fuel ideas. This workshop is designed to provide inspiration for the workshops that follow it in Direct Wax and Plaster but not required. Due to transportation and space limitations, enrollment is limited to 4 students per Beachcombing workshop. Students should be physically prepared to be able to walk considerable distance along the ocean beach in sun and wind. $300, Online Credit Card registration available.

  • August 1-5 Sculpting in Direct Wax 5 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM

    My method of working directly in wax to produce works capable of being cast in bronze: Sculpting in wax offers an inexpensive, lightweight material to express fluid ideas in form. Direct wax lets the artist work in three dimensions with freedom without cumbersome armatures and avoids the costs of molds in bronze casting. The first part of the course is organized around composition and creative thinking for sculpture, featuring drawing, modeling, and observation. The second will focus on modeling in direct wax towards creating a maquette, capable of being cast in bronze. Students will use foundry wax to create “maquettes” (small studies) using simple but professional methods  (work can also be pursued on cast wax positives  from molds (if the student has them). Emphasis will be on the exploration of the techniques of direct wax modeling for idea development. All efforts will be made to address individual technical and artistic concerns. Optional, casting consultation will be available to students interested in local lost wax bronze casting.

    $625, Online Credit Card registration available through PayPal.

     

  • August 6-10 Sculpting in Direct Plaster 5 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM

    Building large sculpture directly in plaster, as seen in the movie "The Artist and the Model": Direct Plaster allows the artist to create large scale ideas quickly and “rough out” concepts in three dimensions with great expressive results. Large rough forms can be put together quickly and exciting results can produce unexpected discoveries. This technique and approach to sculpting can either be   pursued in rough work or refined into very finished work, according to the vision of the artist. The first part of the course explores armature building and structural organization. The second will focus on modeling in direct plaster towards creating a full size sculpture. Emphasis will be on the exploration of the techniques of direct sculpture  $625, Online Credit Card registration available.

  • August 11-14 Sculpting in Direct Plaster Master Class 4 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM

    This workshop is designed to continue the process started in the first Direct Plaster Workshop but is also available to artists who have already worked in plaster and wish to bring in a project in progress. A familiarity with basic direct plaster techniques is assumed. It is also assumed that you will already have an armatured plaster to work upon or develop. This workshop will not have the armature session of the previous workshop.

     

    Building large sculpture directly in plaster, as seen in the movie "The Artist and the Model": Direct Plaster allows the artist to create large scale ideas quickly and “rough out” concepts in three dimensions with great expressive results. Large rough forms can be put together quickly and exciting results can produce unexpected discoveries. This technique and approach to sculpting can either be   pursued in rough work or refined into very finished work, according to the vision of the artist. The workshop will focus on modeling in direct plaster towards creating a full size sculpture. Emphasis will be on the exploration of the techniques of direct sculpture. $500, Online Credit Card registration available.

  • August 15-19 Direct Wax Master Class 5 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM
    August 15-19 Direct Wax Master Class 5 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM
This workshop is designed to continue the process started in the first Direct Wax Workshop but is also available to artists who have already worked in wax and wish to bring in a project in progress. A familiarity with basic direct wax techniques is assumed. Building sculpture directly in wax allows the artist to create three dimensional ideas quickly and “rough out” concepts with great expressive results. Large rough forms can be put together quickly and exciting results can produce unexpected discoveries. This technique and approach to sculpting can either be pursued in rough work or refined into very finished work, according to the vision of the artist. The workshop will focus on modeling in direct wax towards creating a finished sculpture in wax, capable of being cast into lost wax bronze. Emphasis will be on the exploration of the techniques of direct wax sculpture with an eye toward casting in bronze. Artists will have the option of casting their work with a local affiliated bronze foundry.
$625
  • August 20-21 Weekend Creative Clay Figurative Sculpture 2 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM
     "The Weekend Figure Workshop: 2 day instruction in sculpting the figure and from the live model. Can be taken as a preparatory workshop for the 5 day Master Class below. The workshop is open to all.
$250, Online Credit Card registration available through PayPal.
  • August 22-26 Creative Clay Figurative Sculpture Master Class 5 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM

    Advanced methods in figurative sculpture in clay. This workshop builds on the previous figure modeling classes and is designed to work either as a follow-up to those classes or as a workshop for those with previous experience. This course will not offer introductory methods. We will be working with the Renaissance Straccio method of modeling, using cloth to shape water clay. $625, Online Credit Card registration available.

  • August 27-28 The Positive Crit 2 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM
    "The Positive Crit" Intensive Weekend Workshop: 2 day Intensive 3hr/day instruction and art crit to help revitalize how you see and make your art. Participants are welcome to bring art form previous sessions or from their studio. This workshop will provide artists with helpful criticism about their work but also how to do helpful critique for others and most importantly, how to do self critique and artistic goal identification. The workshop is also designed to serve participants as a helpful for review of work done over the summer through the various programs offered here but that is to a requirement for participation. The workshop is open to all. $250, Online Credit Card registration available.
  • Sept 12-17 Large Scale Drawing for Thinking Big 5 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM

    How to think as big as your ideas on paper: Large scale drawings have been with us for as long as artists have been creating murals. Only recently, have we begun to appreciate these drawings as artworks in their own right and give them the attention they deserve. Using mixed media drawing materials on rolls of paper, students will discover methods and techniques for creating their own distinctive large scale graphic works.  This workshop builds on the proceeding Natural Drawing and Idea Building workshops but they are not required. $625, Online Credit Card registration available.

     

  • Sept 18-19 Hot Torch Bronze Patina Master Class 2 Day Workshop 9AM-12PM

    How to produce permanent professional quality Bronze Patinas using traditional Italian Hot Torch methods: Using methods developed over centuries to control the colored oxidation/reduction of bronze with acid and saline solutions, as taught to Romolo by Master Navari of Pietrasanta, Italy. This workshop will be offered at two different levels: Observer and Participant. Observers will be instructed and see demonstrated the proper use of equipment and all the methods offered, Participants will get to try out the techniques on their own work or test pieces of bronze. Working with hot acid and torches is potentially hazardous. All workshop students will be required to sign a special waiver of liability. Observer tuition $250. Participant Tuition $500, Online Credit Card registration available. More Info/Video Demo

     

     

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Reprresentation: The Artwork of Romolo is currently available at these Fine Art Agents
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  • Berta Walker Gallery - Southeastern New England (learn more)
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Sculpture in Bronze by Romolo Del Deo
 “Romolo's artwork exists on two levels: one of pure aesthetic balance and beauty, and another of mysterious and evocative narrative. His bronzes seem to be shards from an ancient culture yet are hauntingly contemporary. They refer to his archeological studies, but none portrays a recognizable figure or myth. Playing with the acculturated baggage of classical icons, Romolo's work mirrors the present art world's fractured individuality and inspiration. When creating these relics, Romolo first makes complete figures, then fragments them to their bare essentials. Considering life as bittersweet, he transforms perfect form into fragments that express the contrasting forces of perpetual beauty and passing time..” - Alexander J. Noelle - New Britain Museum of American Art” Thank you for visiting Studio Romolo online, to visit the real artist's studio please schedule a studio visit

 

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