Contemporary Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn is a leading figurative sculptor whose work is inspired by such masters as Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin.
He has exhibited internationally, and his monumental public art and smaller, more intimate pieces transmit his passion for eternal values and authentic emotions. He is best known for expressive recreations of human hands.
“I wanted to sculpt what is considered the hardest and most technically challenging part of the human body,” he states.
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.”