Delicate, light and sophisticated: Antonella’s pieces recall the magnificence of times gone by and bring them back to life in contemporary environments
Born in Faenza, the Italian capital of ceramics, where she studied and has taught for more than thirty years, the artist and designer Antonella Cimatti is acknowledged internationally for her undisputed mastery in paper clay porcelain. Her works are conserved in important public and private collections in China, Japan, France, Switzerland, Mexico, Australia and Korea.
Antonella reinterprets the Italian traditional art through the filters of her own contemporary sensitivity and femininity. She instils grace, elegance and lightness in objects of everyday use and sculptures that have an ancient and classical air, while at the same time are clearly the result of constant research and experimentation.
Her pieces are delicate and impalpable, founded on a dynamic balance between light and shadow. Her technical skills are impeccable and her composing technique that upturns the classical process is innovative: Antonella’s openwork is made by adding thin strips of paper clay on a base to create intricate and sinuous patterns that are the result of adding, rather than removing material.
First Priz, Sixth International Small Teapot Competition AMOCA,Pomona, California.
Public Prize MunGyeong Chasabal(Tea Bowls) Festival 2013, South Korea
Honorable mention with merit, The 4rd Taiwan Gold Teapot Prize exhibition
Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
Honorable mention, 7th Cheongju International Craft Competition, South Korea.
First Prize ex-aequo, Seapot-teapot competition , Portugal.
Selected competition and exhibition – “4° Bienal International De Ceramica “Ciudad de Talavera”, Talavera de la Reina, Spain.
Selected competition and exhibition – “Cerco ‘09” , Feria Y premio International de Ceramica Contemporanea, Zaragoza, Spain.
She trained with Carlo Zauli, one of the most important ceramic artists of the 1900’s.
She is regularly invited to teach in Countries that have very ancient ceramic traditions, including China and Korea.
She is member of the World Crafts Council – Europe
Solo and Collective Exhibitions
Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture in Italy
Gnam, Galleria d’arte Moderna, Rome, Italy
4th Biennial Shanghai International Contemporary Porcelain
Shanghai Museum of Arts and Craft, Shanghai, China
Selected at the exhibition – competition Ceramics of Europe – 13th Westerwaldprize 2014.
Keramik Museum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany
Selected at the exhibition – competition of the 4th International Triennial of Silicate Arts
International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary
Workshop Paperclay with porcelain
La Meridiana, Tuscany, Italy
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gallery 2, Gifu, Japan .
Exhibition and workshop
International ceramic art festival, Sasama, Japan.
Exhibition and workshop
Faculty of Art and Design, Jan Evangelista Purkyne University, Prague, Czech Republic.
Artist in residence
Fuping FULE, installation for the Museum.
curated by Nino Caruso, Torgiano,Perugia, ItalyLaboratorio
Paperclay and creativity
Vallauris Art Institute, Vallauris, Francia
IV International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics
City Museum in Varazdin, Croazia
Cerco 2012 , Feria Y premio International de Ceramica Contemporanea, Zaragoza, Spain.
The 4rd Taiwan Gold Teapot Prize exhibition
Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan.
MunGyeong Chasabal (tea bowl) festival 2012
exhibiton and workshop at MunGyeong, South Korea.
International Contemporary ceramic art exhibition 2012
Jingdezhen festival 2012, China.
4X4, Vernice Art Fair, Forlì.
Ceramics Now Exhibition
The Paintbrush Factory, Cluj-Napoca, and Budapest, Romania.
54th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennial
Italian Pavillion, Turin.
Gyeonggi International CeraMIX Biennale 2011, Korea.