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Dum Dum


Berna, 1960

Marco Giovanni Stefanini was born in Berne in 1960. Always attracted by archaic forms of expression and prehistoric art, he studied first in Rome and then at the Fine Arts Academy of Bologna. His first approach with art is in the worlds of painting and sculpture, passion that is expressed in numerous exhibits where Stefanini’s paintings and sculptures offer a glimpse into the anti-conventional spirit of his study. Towards the end of the 1980s, Stefanini develops a particular attraction to the world of design and the day-to-day; everyday objects take shape in stone, wood, iron and glass. Among the personal and collective exhibits in this period, the most remarkable is the one published in the Design magazine INTERNI which marks Stefanini’s official entrance into the world of innovative creativity. After founding the Interno Gallery for young artists and DumDum and, as partner and artistic director, the Art CadП Escandalo literary circle in Parma he arrives, after years of reflection, in the Dilmos space in Milan, exhibiting his objets and furnishings to this day and participating in the Furniture Exhibition. At the same time, since the beginning of the 1990s, he has engaged in important collaborations with the Flos design office of Breschia and on various projects with his friend, singer/songwriter Vinicio Capossela, among which is the cover and insert for the CD “Il Ballo di San Vito.” Thus, great versatility up to this moment in the artistic life of Stefanini, but the real masterpiece, the true stroke of genius is the recovery and restoration of an aqueduct from 1915, which became the artist’s home and artistic cradle and in which travel, the artist’s single source of inspiration, the balance between raw material and artistic creation, and a sort of ethereal minimalism come together to create what TF1 (French Television), in a report from 2002, defines one of the most beautiful homes in the world, an observation that is echoed in a spread in INTERNI magazine from July 2004 in which the aqueduct house is shown in all of its expression. In short, if Stefanini’s body of work ranges from manual Amazonic culture to the eco-architecture of his masterpiece, we can say that his creations make this artist unique in his consistency and constant process of expressive discovery and move him beyond every trend or market. Perhaps this is why he produces exclusively one-of-a-kind works. Stefanini does not repeat himself.


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