Antoniucci Volti Biography

Antoniucci Volti




Antoniucci Volti was born Antoniucci Voltigero on January 1, 1915 in Albano, Italy. His father was a professional stonemason who moved to Villefranche-sur-Mer, France in 1905 and took on French citizenship. However, he returned to Italy, where his son was born, and after the birth, he finally took up residence again in Villefranche in 1920. Antoniucci studied at the ƒEcole des Arts DŽcoratifs (now Villa Arson) in Nice from 1928 to 1930. By 1932 the young artist had won a gold medal for two polychrome bas-reliefs before going to Paris, where he entered the studio of Jean Boucher at the ƒcole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris at the age of only fifteen.

After serving in the Second World War, where he was interned as a prisoner of war in Bavaria, he returned in poor health to Paris, only to find his studio and all his past work destroyed. From 1947 he showed work at various Paris Salons. It was at this time that his sculpture became more personal and began to sign "Volti". Although his past was completely erased, he considered himself "self-taught". In 1950, he was appointed professor of wood sculpture at the School of Applied Arts in Paris. Throughout his life, he accumulated sketches and studies, in pencil, charcoal or blood.    In 1954 and 1955 he exhibited at the Brussels and Antwerp Biennales. In 1957 the firest retrospective of his work was organized at the Museum Rodin in Paris. He continued to exhibit regularly at the Salon Comparaisons.

Works by Volti are in leading museums such as the MusŽe National d'Art Moderne, Paris. Antoniucci Volti is one of the most important Late Modern sculptors to have worked figuratively in the 20th century, thus ensuring the continuity of the humanist tradition.

Antoniucci Voltigerno, known as Antoniucci Volti, died in Paris, France on December 14, 1989.