Stefano Robiglio’s approach to matter is almost alchemic, testifying a deep mastery of the technique, and a fluid dexterity in the process of realization. The sinuosity of the volumes and the harmonious rhythm of the lines envelops each artwork in an evocative aura, where aesthetic refinement resolves itself through an incisive and conscious production.
Stefano Robiglio is able to communicate the power of the iron and the fire that shapes it through a formal plasticity, sparking a dialogue with the space around it, imposing itself for its harmony and pure beauty.
In all his production, it’s fascinating that a material such as iron – cold and stiff due to its nature, usually associated with the concept of stability and gravitas, and limited by commonplaces which oversimplifies it – is able to offer to a fervid and competent creativity a sense of intangibility, rendering it flexible and dynamic, enhancing its tactile value and lightness.
Each figure is shaped and fixed in the matter through an explorative process of its infinite expressive potentiality, and the solidity of the most conventional sculptures leaves place to fluidity and movement, in a balance imbued with the aesthetic sensitivity of the artist.
In each figure shaped by Stefano Robiglio, he is able to instill elegance and a balanced pace, allowing the three-dimensional plasticity to defy stillness – usually associated with sculpture – creating a relationship amongst stillness and movement.
The result is a stylistic virtue, celebrating the pleasure of creation, where beyond the mere executive act, he is able to manifest his intimacy. The elegance and evocative power of the sculptures are the result of an incisive work, of a conscious process, which is able to mix tradition with innovation, hence creating works that allow a conversation with the present time, in relation with space and the observer in a stimulating and innovative way.
These are creations that recall emotions and sentiments of an intimate poetic, plastic transfiguration of a state of mind, fruit of an introspective idea – beyond their objective beauty and the elegant magnificence, they communicate a formal sophistication which infuse unique expressive qualities, and reaches a level of perfection for which matter comes alive.
Through research and exploration of iron’s communicative abilities, the artist is able to highlight its potential and lend a noble sense.
If art is sublimation of artisanship, Robiglio, through his wide and various production, is perfectly capable of testifying how the chosen material combines with the idea and concept, confirming his versatility and lyricism.
Dr. Monica Ferrarini