Stefano Marchetti, 1970, born in Padova, Italy. Graduated at Istituto Statale d’Arte “Pietro Selvatico” in Padova, Department of Metals and Jewellery Design. He lives and works in Padova and his works are preserved at the following collections:Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Museum of Art & Design, New York, Marzee Collection, Nijmegen, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Pforzheim, The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Basel, Museo degli Argenti, Firenze, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middelsbrough, RMIT University, Melbourne, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CODA museum, Apeldoorn, The Olnick Spanu Collection, New York, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Die Neue Sammlung, Muenchen, Museo de Arte Virreinal de Santa Teresa, Arequipa, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, Swiss National Museum, Zurich.
Marchetti describes himself as a combination of goldsmith, sculptor, technical processes developerand teacher. He has revisited a number of themes over the course of his career, like the mosaics, or pieces created through chemical corrosion, obtaining a golden skeleton of a piece originally made by silver and gold – As with photography you cannot see the result until the end… I had to work like a blind sculptor – or again, he worked on floating structures, frozen in a limited space, or on plastic gold – it is neither gold nor plastic, but it is, well… both of them – . Right now he is researching the possibilities of drawing on silver with palladium.
As much an alchemist as a jeweller, Stefano Marchetti has always loved metal, fire, chemistry, computers. He creates an archaic visual language of precious, ruptured fragments handled with a painterly sensitivity to colour and form. ‘Materials, metals in particular,’ he says, ‘with their potential to hold and transmit meaning, occupy the centre of my research‘. Unafraid to challenge his passion for jewellery and the experience of making, in his material explorations he finds both beauty and nightmares. It is not the material that creates the result, he says, but our ability to fertilise it with ideas.