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Livio De Marchi — Real-life Gepetto

“I have had so many ideas and dreams in my head and it’s great that I’ve been able to create everything that I’ve always imagined.”

“My favorite piece is the one which I will make tomorrow—I’m not interested in the work that I have already made—the best piece is always yet to come.”

“Wood has always been my favorite material, it is alive and has energy—and it gives me a lot of pleasure to be able to use it for my work.”

— Livio De Marchi


Livio De Marchi was born in Venice where, still a child, he worked on ornamental sculpture in the Venetian tradition in the workshop of a craftsman 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, transforming them with wit and panache and creating sculptures with perfection of detail, spontaneity and essense.

During his artistic evolution he worked first in marble, then bronze, and eventually in wood. However wood has always been his favourite material because it affords him a vitality which other materials do not.

Since opening his own studio, Livio De Marchi has allowed his fantasy to take wing, declaring his way of being, his interior world. After a deep inner evolution, his ironical ability to “see” life got the upper hand, letting him carve his own, unique sculpture. His artworks have been shown in cities all over the world including Milan, Florence, London, Paris, Düsseldorf, Zürich, New York, Los Angeles, San Fancisco and Tokyo.

You can see what he is doing today
by visiting his Facebook Page

Real-life Gepetto

The tools that De Marchi works with are fairly simple—a hundred varieties of chisel dated back to 1964, an old hammer and a steady hand—but the stuff he produces is nothing short of spectacular. A wooden replica of a leather jacket he made looks so real, you’d actually reach out to try it on if you didn’t know better. To see more of his creations, check out his WebSite.

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