Biography

Niccolò Mandelli Contegni was born in Varese in 1967. After having studied law, he began dedicating to sculpture full-time. He travelled all around the world till he reached South America, where he settled at the beginning of the nineties, first in Brazil, Peru and Bolivia, then in Central America. There he gave shape to very big sculptures, using several tropical woods. When he came back permanently to Italy, he devoted himself first of all to stone and marble’s manufacturing and in the last years to iron, often used combined with wood. Now he lives and works in Varese.

 

Personal and collective exhibitions

2013 “Returnings”, personal exhibition - Morotti Contemporary Art – Daverio, Varese

 

2013 “Affordable Art Exhibition”, collective exhibition - Morotti Contemporary Art – Daverio, Varese

 

2012 “Archaic Future”, Personal exhibition – Voltorre Cloister, Gavirate, Varese

 

2012 Personal exhibition - Arte+ Gallery, Bologna

 

2012 Personal exhibition - Cesare Ponti Bank - Varese

 

2012 “Escaping verses”, collective exhibition – Binario 7  Space– Monza

 

2010 Seventh International Sculpture Biennial, Piedmont Region,

collective exhibition – Turin, cured by C. Cerritelli e M. Corgnati

 

2009 “Arianna’s thread” personal exhibition – Veratti space – Varese

 

2009 “Four generations in comparison” collective exhibition – Banco Santander – Varese

 

2009 “2009 acquisitions” collective exhibition – Parisi Valle’s civic museum – Maccagno, Varese
Catalogue by C. Rizzi

 

2009 “Synthesis” personal exhibition – Space Cesare da Sesto Calende, Varese
Critical essay by F. Marcellini

 

2008 “The sound of silence” collective exhibition – Villa Imbonati Cavallasca – Como
Catalogue by L. Cavadini

 

2008 “Bodies” collective exhibition – Villa Durazzo – Santa Margherita Ligure, Genova

 

2007 “Art for art” collective exhibition – Giubiasco, Switzerland

 

2006 “Mimmo Rotella and the lake’s artists” collective exhibition
Voltorre’s cloister – Varese – Catalogue by L. Schiroli

 

2006 “By wood and spirit” personal exhibition – Spazio Zero Gallery – Gallarate, Varese

 

2005 “From witnesses to witnesses” collective exhibition in Ghiggini Gallery – Varese

 

2005 “Lombard sculpture in Seprio” collective exhibition in Torba’s monastery
(property of the Italian National Trust Fund) – Gornate Olona, Varese – Catalogue by L. Cavadini

 

2005 “Sculpture” personal exhibition – Mosaico Gallery – Chiasso, Switzerland
Catalogue, critical essay by L. Cavadini