The Maestro Lino Tagliapietra is an influential Italian glass artist and a glassmaker master who is recognized for his skills and talents throughout the world. The Master expresses his own forms of creativity through the design and execution of models with high, technical, and aesthetic quality. Lino is an inspiration to artists and art collectors, and his unique pieces are reflections of his passion for the material.
Tagliapietra was born in Murano, Venice, home of the well-known Venetian glass. He has been fascinated by this art from a very young age and throughout the years has gained more and more expertise, skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the craft. He started working glass at the age of 11, and everybody could already see the zeal he had. Tagliapietra was really passionate for his job, and at the age of 21 he gained the title of Maestro. The artist has been working on the island of Murano for several years where he discovered and learned various techniques and ways of production, but what gave him the chance of reinventing himself, taking risks, and becoming the famous artist we all know was his first trip to the United States.
1979 was the turning point: Lino, without speaking a word of English, took a plane for the first time. He was invited to give a glassblowing demonstration at the Pilchuck School of Glass, an occasion that gave him the chance to be discovered by American artists. His works of art, expertise, and knowledge amazed everyone. On the other side, the artist was impressed by the lack of tradition and background in the American glass culture, but he was astonished by the freedom of their production and the lack of constraints. This event had a great impact on Lino’s works: it was the beginning of a new era, the start of a new collaboration between the Muranese world and the American one. Everyone in the USA craved this knowledge, therefore a lot of artists started to follow Lino’s instructions taught in his poor English mixed with the Venetian dialect.
The 80’s can be considered as the time of transitions, when the artist approached a new way of creation and experimentation characterized by fervor for innovation. From that time on he has mastered the techniques and the traditions of the renowned Italian expertise and he has blended this with his own imagination and passion. This is what has made him the artist we know. He has taught in many different schools in the United States and all over the world to give hints and piece of information to his fellows and to keep alive the millennial history of art glass. In 1998 he opened his own studio in Murano, but he has always been travelling primarily to North America where he has been creating his unique pieces of art – like the famous Masai, Alas, Fenice, and panels. Throughout the years the artist has continued to find new solutions and approach a never-ending creative process.
Lino’s products are exhibited through North America, Europe, and Asia and are installed in recognized museums and art galleries. He has gained honors, awards, and recognition. He is a teacher, an artist, a creator, a mentor in the glass world… He is The Maestro.
Behind the artist we know, there is a nice quiet, calm, and enthusiastic person whose personality always touches the heart of those who can meet him. His passion for the glass world mirrors his passion for life.
Quoting the Master is the right way to fully grasp his passion for the material: “Glass is a wonderful material. Why? Because the glass is alive. Even when it is cool, it is still moving. It is connected with fire, it is connected with water, it is so natural. Glass is my life.”