Contemporary Italian-born artist Lorenzo Quinn is a reference in current figurative sculpture. His works are inspired by artists such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin.
Lorenzo has exhibited his work in several countries of the world and his most monumental and public works, as well as his smallest and most intimate pieces, convey his passion for imperishable values and authentic emotions. The artist is specially known for his expressive sculptural representations of human hands.
“I wanted to sculpt the part of the human body considered most difficult, from a technical point of view,” says the artist.
Born on 7 May 1966 in Rome to the Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn and Iolanda Addolori, Lorenzo Quinn’s childhood was split between Italy and the USA. Lorenzo Quinn studied at the American Academy of Fine Arts in New York, and planned to be a Surrealist painter. However, at the age of 21 he decided that his future lay in sculpture, which could better accommodate his energy and originality.
He vividly recalls the moment in 1989 when he felt that he had created his first genuine work of art:
“I had made a torso from Michelangelo’s drawing of Adam … an artisan’s job…. I had an idea and began chiselling away, and Eve came out of Adam’s body…. It had started as a purely academic exercise, yet it had become an artwork.”
Quinn’s work appears in many private collections throughout the world and has been exhibited internationally over the past 20 years. Among his commissions is “The Tree of Life”, produced for the United Nations.
Quinn’s public art includes “Support”, “Building Bridges”, “Encounters”, “The Force of Nature” and “Rise through Education”.
“The hand holds so much power – the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy.”