Born in Milan 1966, Gianluca Pacchioni discovered his life passion for Art and metal-smithing when he moved to Paris in the nineties.
There, he experimented and learnt the techniques of sculpting, forging and casting metals in a shared artists studio at the Quai de la Gare. His experiments resulted in a first collection of iron sculptures and furniture shortly after exhibited at the Vivendi gallery, Place des Vosges.
The artist returned to his native city of Milan and opened his own studio in an eye drops factory from the 1930s, working in tandem with Italian master-craftsmen from whom he grown his own expertise. Pacchioni keeps exploring new material and extend his palette of techniques and matters continuously. Today his work has matured into a virtuous fusion of brass, bronze, iron, stones layered with different patinas or poured liquid metals.
In 2014, the Italian Embassy in Paris payed homage to the artist with the permanent installation of his work in the entrance hall for its embodiment of Italy's ongoing heritage of Master-Craftsmanship and Art. In 2016, Pacchioni was awarded with the title of " Master of Arts and Crafts " by the Fondazione Cologni.
"I abuse the metals but then i end up caressing them... my aim is to find a form which blends imperfection with finesse.."