In an initial phase of his artistic career, Mauro Staccioli devoted his energy to experiments of various kinds in the fields of both painting and engraving, but from the late ‘seventies he began to focus exclusively on sculpture, through which he sought with determination to forge a connection between space and geometric form.
His research moved towards a form of “sculpture – mark” capable of perfectly relating to the surrounding space for which it was designed.
Thus from the outset he chose the urban environment as his preferred backdrop, soon developing his own personal language based primarily on the strongly essential nature of the geometric forms that he crafted.
His career path was rapidly to lead him to devise his first “intervention – sculptures”. Proceeding methodically and studying his chosen environment and setting in depth, Stacciolo developed and perfected his sculptural technique and a mastery of the materials that he used, especially corten steel, until he achieved a perfect harmony of form, weight and line in his work.
Through his work he made his “mark” on his setting in the forms that he adopted, disclosing his most personal essence while at the same time modifying the traditional perception of those who happened to be crossing that space.
The sculpture under discussion here, entitled Ellipse, is dated 2005 and is numbered 5/5, encapsulating within it a large part of Staccioli’s geometric and textural language.
The form of the ellipse rests gently on its rectangular base, also in corten steel, and the observer perceives a mild form of tension sparked by the juxtaposition of the rotation induced by gravity and the weight of the longer side in a stable and balanced equilibrium.
This immensely attractive sulpture expresses itself not only through its elegance but also through its all-engaging presence in space in an ongoing dialogue with its surrounding environment.
The exhibitions and awards won by Staccioli in the course of his long career include a celebrated exhibition held in Volterra in 2009 entitled Mauro Staccioli. Luoghi d’esperienza for which he produced fully 15 environmental sculptures.
The 38º Parallelo, a huge corten steel pyramid sculpture 30 metres high, was erected in Motta D’Affermo in 2010.
Also in 2010 Staccioli installed Tondi in the Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Morterone in the locality of Bosco in Morterone.
An exhibition entitled Mauro Staccioli. Cerchio Imperfetto. Al Parco archeologico di Scolacium e al MARCA was held in Catanzaro in 2011 as part of the Intersezioni series curated by Alberto Fiz.
And the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (GNAM) in Rome also hosts a large sculpture by Staccioli.