Silvana De Stefano works in both the United States and Italy and is considered one of the most influential personalities among international artists. After graduating in Architecture at the University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy, De Stefano moved to New York City where she met Leo Castelli, an art dealer and connoisseur, who recognized her potential and encouraged her to be a commissioned artist. Combining sculpture, paintings and architecture into superb synthesis, De Stefano creates suspended pieces of artwork where lightness and strength contrast. Because of De Stefano’s architectural training, these are real pieces of special architecture giving birth to unique blending of artistic and architecture.
De Stefano’s works are geometric and wide chromatic drawings which seem to challenge balance and stability: compositions that reinvent space because of the way forms are created. The artist goes to the extreme in pictorial art by considering the canvas as a tool and reversing the arrangement by means of building – dismantling first colours and then forms. De Stefano’s works in sculpture and architecture are planned the same way she plans a painting on canvas. These compound works are more than just paintings: pictorial and extra pictorial materials meet on the surface of the painting and painting becomes a process of gathering different elements, figurative and abstract, explicit and allusive combined together.
sculpture-installation, Rome, Italy
Six steel spheres forming two triangles which cross in mid air for nearly the whole of the building height. Each moves in space with a slow, different and continuous movement around a central bronze sphere suspended ten meters from the ground, with a continuous wavy external band situated nearly four meters from the ground, highlighting the base.
sculpture-installation, Rome, Italy
sculpture-installation, Milan, Italy
Born in Naples, she moved to Rome where at the Accademia di Belle Arte, she attended Pericle Fazzini and Greco lectures on sculpture and Toti Scialoja lectures on painting. She graduated in 1986 in Architecture at La Sapienza-Università degli Studi in Rome.
After having graduated, she assisted the post- graduate lectures on urban planning engineering and architecture at the Università degli Studi in Rome.
In 1989, she won a scholarship from the CNR (National Counsel on Research) for Berkeley University, CA. She settled in California where while studying, she dedicated herself to sculpture and painting.
In 1992, she moved to New York where she met the famous Art Gallery owner, Leo Castelli who suggested her to organize a solo exhibition at his West Broadway Art Gallery. But the artist had to postpone the exhibition when she commited herself, in 1994, commissioned by the Finmeccanica, to work on an installation within the company headquarters in Rome, the Palazzo di Vetro, build in 1963 (by Giò Ponti), Piazza Monte Grappa.
During the lengthy process of setting up this work , that the artist entitles “Movements”, De Stefano is assisted by Leo Castelli, who visits her in Rome and follows the works from New York.
In 1998 she was commissioned by Sace to create a sculpture called “Suspended Column”, a brand new project within their headquarters, Piazza Poli, behind the Trevi Fountain.
In 2001, within an architectural and interior design project, she transformed an old industral complex into a spacious loft which has become her studio and which arouse interest in the architectural design world. A great number of magazines have published reviews on it: Mercedes 2004, Architectural Digest Italy, Architectural Digest Mexico 2009 (that not only dedicated an article but also the front cover), Compasses Architecture & Design 2008, Shooting Photographic Fashion Style & Design Mercedes- Benz Magazine 2011, book Case a 5 Stelle 5 Star Houses 2012
Today, the converted space is being used for both film making (new takes) and television. Several films and fictions were shot on location. In 2002, she drew the Manifesto for UNESCO Italian National Commission.
In 2004, she mounted an exhibition of paintings within the 14th century old refectory of Palazzo Venezia in Rome. The exhibition was curated by both Claudio Strinati and the architect De Stefano, the latter focusing on the organization of the exhibition.
In 2006, for the introduction of the new Alfa Romeo Brera, a new way of thinking Art, at the Spazio Etoile-Fondazione Memmo, took place the solo exhibition curated by the Art Gallery owner Pino Casagrande entitled “Personale di Silvana De Stefano”.
Always in 2006, a graduation thesis on the artist work was elaborated and discussed, entitled “Silvana De Stefano. The magic of the Suspended Balances” at the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia degli Studi of Rome-La Sapienza.
In 2008/2009, she got involved in a project of two artistic interventions for the internal revamping of residential buildings in Milan.
In 2009, she planned a project for the Expo 2009 for the town of Warsaw, Poland and also carried out the sculpture/installation “Elements” in Milan.
In 2010, she installed Elements in Milan.
Since the 90’s she has been working on several architectural and interior design projects within privately owned buildings.