Ambrosiana Arte Milan

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Restoration, sacred art, mosaics, sculptures, stained-glass windows and paintings.

Diego Penacchio Ardemagni

was born in Milan on 22 May 1955. He studied Graphics at the Milan University of Humanity during the course of A. Steiner. He became a pupil of Maestro L. Grassi. He began his classical study of art and its application on glass. He attended a nude course at the Brera Academy.

He collaborates with artists of various trends such as Purificato, Paganini, Repossi and Prof. P. Rivetta and T. Longaretti. He performs with the painter J. Resende the windows of N.S. di Oporto. His significant works are the translation of works by P.Uccello, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, P.Picasso and A. Mucha. He carried out restoration work on stained-glass windows by G. Chini and M. Chagall.

Of considerable importance are the works made for the cathedral of Abijian in Ivory Coast and the royal palace in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Some of his paintings are exhibited at the National Museum of Kentucky USA.
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“My study is my workshop and I like to live it as that”
God said, "Let there be light."
And the light was.
He saw God that the light was good
and divided her from the darkness.

Probably this approach emerged at “Porta Cica”, a working-class district well known for the Navigli and the historical craft shops in my Milan. There were people manufacturing mosaics, stained glass windows, and sculptures made of stone or metal; others were painting or restoring paintings, carving wood, or working wrought iron. It was a magic place, like the hands of those Masters, like the air one was breathing at the beginning of the sixties.

Then the studies of graphics, at the Umanitaria of Via Pace, gave me the possibility to learn visual education with Albert Steiner. That was a pilot school from every point of view, didactic and human.

The turn in my life happened in the first workshop I entered as apprentice because my Paolo Rivetta was my master there. It was a hard but profitable apprenticeship and I seriously learnt drawing, watercolor, acrylics and oil painting, and, at last, the magic of glass painting.

I learnt the planning of stained glass windows and mosaic, the materials and the techniques they are made of, their history in the course of time and in the arts but, above all, their preservative restoration.

I met and worked with the most important artists in applied arts: sculptors and painters, internationally renowned engineers and architects. Some of those who were my teachers in the morning at the Academy, the morning after happened to be my “customers”.

I opened my first workshop in the early ‘80s. I earned my space with determination and Professionalism.Customers like Itokin (Tokyo) and Master International (Italy) gave me the possibility to challenge myself with works which became important for my career. I revisited for them all the Renaissance of Florence, transferring it on the glass. On summer 1992, after invitation from the French government, I exhibited in Chartres, at the events for the bicentenary of the French revolution.

At those times Master International commissioned to me the whole works of Marc Chagall on sea-glass, to be displayed at the exhibitions dedicated to him all over the world.

Within the initiatives organized for the 2000 Jubilee, I participated in a project for a Museum of ancient stained glass windows in San Sepolcro, sponsored by Sovrintendenza aretina and by Regione Toscana. That was an important experience for the development of highly professional courses on preservative restoration.

That year the Chamber of Commerce of Milan awarded me the Lanfredini Prize. Meanwhile, I carried on with my research on painting and sculpture, exhibiting in group and solo shows in Italy and abroad.

I made a significant piece at the Monumental Cemetery of Milan, ranging from preservative restoration of metal, stone and wood till the manufacturing of six great stained glass windows inspired to a Marc Chagall work. That piece was commissioned by the Jewish Community of Milan and was my personal witness for the recovery and the poetry which our culture imposes to appraise for those who will come after us.

International Art Award Milan 2017

Review by Professor Vittorio Sgarbi of the Exhibited Works of Maestro Diego Ardemagni for his participation in the International Art Award Milan at the Teatro dal Verme 25 July 2017

"The selection of his work on the occasion of this prestigious project attests to the value of his stylistic research in the contemporary art scene. His presence confirms that creativity is one of the most important forms of transmission of knowledge."

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Ambrosiana Arte Milano, restauro, arte sacra, mosaici, sculture, vetrate e quadri

Diego Penacchio Ardemagni

I consider myself an Artist: A man with the insight and sensibility of a clown, looking for a ray of poetryin the tragedy of our daily life.


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