The history of the Artintaglio workshop began with extraordinary Giovannimaria Solinas, Mastru Mimmiu, and is an excellent example of the peculiar three-generation evolution of the precious intaglio and woodworking expertise. The Master craftsman was extraordinarily skilled, participated with his work in major exhibitions in Florence and Milan in 1925, where he was awarded the first prize and the gold medal. Mario Renzo, Mastru Mimmiu's son, at 14 years of age started his apprenticeship at his father's workshop, where he learnt the art of woodworking, but he also understood the great potential of his family's skills, creating new products and finding new market shares, lending his artistic creativity to the company. Giovannimaria's son received the name and the skills of his grandfather, just like Maria, Mastru Mimmiu's granddaughter, who is a skilled carver and, as a child, attended the family workshop. At the age of fourteen, she decided to focus on intaglio, reaching artistic results of rare perfection and beauty. His collaboration with sculptor Angelo Beccu is also very important to develop projects of particular value and complexity. The restoration of the wooden artefacts found at the Apollo's rooms, at world-renown Teatro La Fenice in Venice, earned him an extraordinary success in 2003, consolidating his fame around the world a Sardinian artisan of extraordinary skills. His collaboration with Rome-based architect Lopez resulted in the development of international projects in Paris and in the UAE.
For over fifty years, Artintaglio has designed and manufactured wooden artefacts of rare preciousness and beauty, managing to reproduce historical objects and combining the ancient art of carving to modern design and sophistication. So many applications allowed by the great technical expertise: classic furnishings, coats of arms and decorations of various kinds, architectural elements, but also boardrooms and furnishing of contemporary taste, represent only a fraction of the fine production of the workshop, a excellence on the island in the field of craftsmanship.
The precious art of intaglio is the technical and expressive peculiarity of this workshop, assisted by traditional decoration techniques: gold-leaf decoration, marbling and similar techniques, brush decoration are just some of the techniques used in the workshop.
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Where to find them
Sito web: www.mastrumimmiusolinas.it