My name is Luca Mommarelli and I was born in Florence in 1964. I grew up in S. Spirito, a very popular quarter in Florence that is noted for its artistic workshops.
Before coming to sculpture, I made a long apprenticeship with some artisan Masters.
They taught me the ancient technique of gilding gouache frames, copper chisel and embossed worked copper, wooden carving, liberty style glass windows and clay moulding. All these experiences gave me a particular skill which is so important in my profession. For several years I have been living and working in Mugello, whose luxuriant woods, that a long time ago were a source of inspiration for the poet Dino Campana, now are giving me the raw material for my works.
I call myself an Itinerant Sculptor, because of my indefatigable wandering through woods, that is the first and most important stage of my creative journey, the everything originating spark. Before a twisted piece of wood, wore by time, insects, natural elements, before a particular movement, colour or veining, my eye manages to catch everything that doesn’t appear at a first glance, a sort of potential living moving that, only later, in the intimacy of the study, will have a shape, thanks to an instinctive, indefatigable work.
Every stroke of gouge wants to give an expression to this blow of a new life, wants to reach the soul of the wood and retransmit the same emotion I first personally felt.
My inner-born curiosity and my eclectic nature enabled me to look for a continuous evolution and enrichment about subjects and techniques, without leaving out to impress my personal and recognizable mark, a direct consequence of my fundamental honesty in feeling and working.
I took part to several exhibitions, both collective and personal, achieving public and critics’ approval. My works are included in private collections in Italy, U.K., Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Japan, Switzerland, USA, Belgium and Canada
. I’d like to conclude quoting a reflection by Rodin, that I deeply share: “Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the spirit that penetrates deep inside nature and understands the spirit by whom nature is animated”.