I saw Sergio Policicchio’s works for the first time during the festival Ravenna Mosaico. The way he combines photographs of the natives of Tierra del Fuego with mosaic made me stand still, like paralyzed, in the Biblioteca Oriani,- distraught and fascinated at the same time.
Distraught because some faces of the series Sul pensiero di perdersi remind me of human amphibians, drawn by the nature surrounding them, getting stigmatized by it. Fascinated because an incredible amount of precision and beauty lays in these mosaics. The millimeter-sized pieces Sergio cuts out of stone don’t seem arranged by man. But lay in perfect formation, which only nature can create. From minimal andamenti larger structures arise; soft shapes lead to sharp-edged elements.
To learn more about his work, I met the artist in Ravenna. In the interview, Sergio tells what micro mosaic means to him and why being performance and mosaic artist at the same time for him is no contradiction. If you want to learn more about his work, look at his website sergiopolicicchio.com.
Sergio Policicchio (Buenos Aires, 1985) went to Ravenna in 2004 to study Visual Arts and Mosaic at the Accademia di Belle Arti. In 2009 and 2011 he exhibited in the context of Ravenna Mosaico. This year he was awarded the Premio Tesi 2013, the prize for the best thesis of the Accademia delle Belle Arti. The four winners were presented at the exhibition Orientamenti. Sergio also won the related scholarship of the Ismail Akhmetov Foundation – Solo Mosaico, which offers him an artist residence in Moscow next year. Since 2007, he has participated in various performance and theater projects.