Alessandra Porfidia

Alessandra Porfidia was born in Rome 1962, where she graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts. She held her first personal exhibition in 1989 and her catalogue opened with a presentation by Lorenza Trucchi. She took part in many collective exhibitions and she was included in several events organised by the Roman Association of Modern Art Galleries, the Municipality of Rome, the Two Worlds Festival in Spoleto and many other important international events in Italy, such as the Primaverile ARGAM where she won the Fiumara ARGAM Prize for Sculpture, and the XII Quadriennale d’Arte di Roma (1996). Abroad, Alessandra has already exposed in Egypt, in the United States, in France and in Japan, where she won the Suntory Prize in the Osaka Triennale (1998). In France, she partecipated in the European Convention on Sculpture which took place in Montauban (2001) and in the exhibition Sculptures sous le soleil d’Antibes. Subsequent to her knowledge of Japan, she developed a keen interest for Haiku poetry, thereby creating a series of sculpture-books which have already been exposed internationally in October 2001 at the Gezira Arts Centre in Cairo and in Italy. One of her works was purchased by the Municipal Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts in Rome. Her paintings and sculptures are included in private and corporate collections. Alessandra won several prizes from public agencies, as the international prize ArteMetroRoma, for the realisation of a permanent mosaic in the underground. She has taught since 1995 in the Academies of Fine Arts of Florence, Macerata, Catanzaro, Sassari and Carrara. She’s currently teaching sculpture at the International Art University of Rome. "Alessandra M. Porfidia’s sculptures have an exquisitely aesthetic relationship with space, enlivened here and there by light. Rather than structures or volumes, Porfidia’s works appear as threedimensional compositions of undoubted definite lyrical charm, where reality and abstraction alternate continuously with each other. A spreading germinal idea of nature is one of her basic characteristics. All the sculptures, whether in marble, concrete, steel or travertine, start from a nucleus, a cell, a seed, from a centrifugal force that explodes, opens up, blossoms and gradually is coming to resemble a human body or a tree, a dance or the waves of the sea. An artist with an aesthetic awareness unusual for her age, Alessandra has developed her own language through the study of a few ideal masters, especially Moore, Matisse and Arp, who may have inspired her careful attention to materials, her preference for clean lines and her interest in soft images that seem to have been generated by neverending metamorphoses. The sculptures in steel often start from graphics and maintain a spatial rhythm and well-defined profiles with a firm and sinuous touch. But there is also an equally important relationship to painting à plat. Porfidia’s sculptures are not so much forms and volumes, but rather images that create three-dimensional compositions, divided in "situations" of great lyrical charm, where reality and abstraction, humankind and nature interrelate continuously". - Lorenza Trucchi, writer and historian of art.