THE SURVIVING QUESTIONS
1. IN ONE SENTENCE, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE WHAT YOU DO?
What do I do? I’m an artist!
2. WHAT DID YOU LEARN THANKS TO YOUR HANDS?
First of all there’s the brain, hands follow. Hands are a tool that, in my case, are getting old and hurt! For instance I am working with a quite hard wood at the moment and I’ve got some problems. Sure, my own spirit is young than ever, I have so many ideas to develop, but my hands…
I’ve made wooden cars, a house made of books in Japan! I went to the “bottega” when I was 12 on my own initiative, school wasn’t interesting to me while the workshop was fun. I took a five years art scholarship but it was in the workshop that I felt in the right place, in my own world. And now? Where do teenagers go? Where are the workshops? Even if I wanted to, I need to invest loads of money in an student, without mentioning the responsibility…
3. IF YOU HAD TO SUGGEST A TEENAGER TO FOLLOW YOUR PATH, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
I would start a school or something like that, but someone should pay me, and who’s gonna give you a chance? I can’t even afford a big-enough space since we’re in Venice. You need schools with classrooms and I would be more than happy to share my own experience, but you need people with plans, people from a higher level have to do something!
When I was 14 I was afraid they would send me out of the workshop since you have to pay the insurance, but my own master was happy to keep me within the laws. In the morning I woke up early, by 6 I was at the workshop, it was clear to everybody I was driven and then, before I was 18, I thanked my master and said “I’m going to open my own workshop”. In the beginning the work came from old furniture, sometimes sculptures. Unfortunately these things don’t exist any more, at that time there were 7 to 8 people in the workshop, 60 years ago you had those great masters, but today…
THE SURVIVING STORY
Livio was born in Venezia where, still a child, he worked on ornamental sculpture in the Venetian tradition in the workshop of a crafting and in the meantime he studied art and drawing at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. His activity starts there, displaying at once an astounding skill in moulding materials.
The material has been transformed by him with ironical sensitivity that brought him to create sculptures that keep perfection of detail as well spontaneity and essence. During his artistic evolution he worked first in marble, then bronze, and eventually in wood. But wood has always been his favourite material because it gives him a vitality which other materials do not.
After opening his own studio, Livio De Marchi allowed his fantasy to run free, declaring his way of being, his interior world. After a deep inner evolution his ironical ability to see life got the upper hand in letting him carve this kind of sculpture.