Akelo - Andrea Cagnetti
Corchiano, Viterbo. Italy
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Andrea Cagnetti, also known in the artistic world as Akelo
(Corchiano - Viterbo, 16 March 1967) is an Italian goldsmith,
designer, and sculptor. He is known for dedicating himself to the
research of the ancient techniques used in metalworking.
After having obtained a diploma at the Ronciglione State secondary
school with a concentration in scientific studies, Akelo transferred
to Rome, where for several years he worked as a graphic artist while
continuing to pursue his in-depth studies of texts and documents
relating to ancient goldsmithing, metallurgy, and alchemy.
Combining this theoretical understanding with extensive
experimentation on materials and techniques, the artist now entirely
devotes himself to creating gold objects and to making sculptural
objects out of gold, bronze, and iron, using the artistic name of
Akelo (from Achelous, Greek god of the waters).
In 2010 the artist created the bronze sculpture “Hope” for the
Robert Bresson Prize given every years at the Venice Film Festival.
The works of Andrea Cagnetti have been exhibited in many national
and international exhibitions, and have caused a sensation in the
media throughout the world. In fact, numerous publications, reviews
and television appearances have been dedicated to him, which
highlight not only his talent and his stylistic originality, but
also the value of his research.
In the last few years, some of his pieces have been acquired by
important museums and private collections.
Andrea Cagnetti lives in Corchiano, where he also writes scientific
articles on the techniques used in ancient goldsmith.
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