Fausto Maria Franchi
Fausto Maria Franchi was born in Rome on May 9th, 1939. He trained at the Artistic Museum of Rome, a goldsmith branch. The recognition of the criticism took place, in 1964, with the 1st Prize for the National Goldsmith Competition, organized by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, with the first solo show in New York, "Creazioni d'argenti bianchi", on the occasion of the inauguration of the Rizzoli Library in 1965 with the commissioning of the binding of the "Golden Book of the City of Rome". From his travel experiences in Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Japan and the U.S. always draws an inspiration, a teaching, a touch that will be recalled in a detail of one of his creations. Goldsmith and internationally renowned artist, Fausto Maria Franchi proposes jewels, real bodily sculptures in gold with strong colors and asymmetric accents, accusative or evocative, silver that break the limits of conventionality, playful, exciting and small bronze sculptures whose personal poetry addresses the baroque imaginary and the informal European without limits.
An artist who travels through the continuous search for a language that invades the mind and pushes the hands to the thought, under the strict control of an ancient profession, which gives the public a complex intertwining of questions and answers between the senses.
The works of Fausto Maria Franchi are free forms in expression and form a personal expressive lexicon where small and large lose their essence, breaking the limits of conventionality, closing and opening the circle of research, and leading the viewer to rethink their own way to look at things, to escape from a pre-established vision and to open up to the new.
The works of Fausto Maria Franchi are part of the museum collection of the Museo degli Argenti of Palazzo Pitti in Florence and of the Schmuckmuseum of Phorzheim, of the Neue Sammlung - Staatliches Museum München, Modern Museum of Munich, as well as being present in numerous private collections.