Sergio Bovenga was born in Genoa, Italy, where he completed his studies at the Ligurian Academy of Fine Arts.
For years he has pursued his artistic activity through a re-discovery of the horizon of the visible.
For Bovenga, his work is not the end but the middle, a tool for continuous experimentation at the threshold of the visible.
After various national and international experiences, Bovenga began a new experiment that involved the use of a concave spherical space.
In 2000, on the occasion of his exhibition at the Varberg Public Gallery in Sweden, Bovenga presented his personal and very original “Matrix Optica”, a spherical mirror that he presented in 2001 to the Italian Cultural Institute of Stockholm. That same year, the European Space Agency-ESA also expressed interest in the work, which it exhibited at its offices in Noordwijk, Holland.
In the general context of his experimentation in portraits, Bovenga has directed his attention towards the violin, focusing his interest on one violin in particular: the 1743 “Guarnieri di Gesu”, which belonged to Nicolò Paganini.
In 2003 at Genoa’s Palazzo Ducale, the Guarnieri di Gesu was lowered by Bovenga into a spherical mirror so as to record images that were used to complete a “Total Portrait”.
He was invited in 2004 to participate in the 11th Biennial of Sacred Art; that same year he performed his piece “in the forest” in the Lagorai Valley.
Over the last few years, he has experimented frequently with the use of Murano glass in his sculptural works: in the year 2005 some of his glass sculptures such as “Violino” were exhibited at the International Exhibition of Glass sculptures, including “Metafore e Trasparenze” at Parco Culturale le Serre in Grugliasco (TO). In 2006 he exhibited at the “International Glass Art” in Hsinchu City, China. In the same year, he exhibited at “Facing 1200°” at the Museum Moderner Kunst Kaernten in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Silvio Vigliaturo is a master of glass-fusing, who has developed his technique through years of experimentation and research. His work has become increasingly original and personal, its unique nature being recognized by experts and critics around the world.
Through his drawings, paintings, sculptures, stained-glass windows and floors, he poetically recounts and describes the timeless nature of life yesterday and today, demonstrating a refined and insightful expressiveness and great skill in observing that are merged into a joyful artistic synthesis.