Francesco Ardini

Born in Padua, Italy in 1986. Lives and works between Padua and Nove. He received his degree in Architecture with a speciality in Architecture of Landscape in 2011 from the IUAV in Venice.

His interest in ceramics began while he was attending the University. As a self-taught ceramist he developed a strong technique calling into question the plastic aspect of the material, thus aiming to achieve a sense of lightness and refinement in the visual appearance and material essence of his sculptures and installations. The irregular surfaces, the obvious dissolution, the linearity threatened by cracks results in a naturalism of biological circles in which the dissolution always ensues the formal definition: to the shadow of natural laws no longer absolute but relative, in a world in which everything is conditioned and precarious.

Selected solo and group exhibitions: In the EarthTime. Our generations of Italian ceramics and the Faenza Prize, Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea (upcoming); XXI Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy (2016); Senatura Showroom, Milan, Italy (2016); MIDeC - Museo Internazionale Design Ceramico, Laveno Mombello, Varese, Italy (2016); Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Italy (2015); Ceramic Creative Center, Clayrarch Gimhae Museum, South Korea (2015); 59° Premio Faenza, Mic Museo della Ceramica, Faenza, Italy (2015); Ninfe, Ohmyblue Gallery, Venice, Italy (2014); Nantong International Contemporary Craft Biennale, Nantong State, China (2014); Premio Arte Rugabella, Villa Rusconi, Castano Primo, Milan, Italy (2014); 4th International Triennial of Silicate Arts, International Ceramics Studio, Kapolna, Hungary (2014); ArtBasel, Basel, Switzerland (2014); 34th Concours Internacional de Ceràmica de l’Alcora - CICA, L’Alcora, Castellón, Valencia, Spain (2014); Museu de Ceràmica, L’Alcora, Castellón, Valencia, Spain (2014); Taiwan Biennale Ceramics, Yingge Museum Ceramics, Taipei, Taiwan (2014); Premio Arte Laguna 2014, Arsenale, Venice, Italy (2014); Museum of Ceramic Palazzo Botton, Castellamonte, Turin, Italy (2013); Jerome Zodo Contemporary, Milan, Italy (2013); Guldagergaard - International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark (2013); Dolomiti Contemporanee, Casso, Pordenone, Italy (2013); Nuove Residency, Nove, Vicenza, Italy (2013); 8th International Award for Contemporary Ceramics, Albissola, Savona, Italy (2012).