Rhea Marmentini is a bold and exciting European sculptor, who is a visionary artist and true creator. She works with stone to create unique sculptures which generate order from chaos and reveal the material’s hidden beauty, while inspiring others to have a positive impact on the natural world.
She uses her vision to shape stone into powerful forms and uses the process to travel between different realities and connect with the minerals which she sculpts. Viewing stone as solidified and condensed time, she thinks of herself as a traveller, traveling through time in her “opus series” of archetypical forms and conceiving winged creatures who travel between different realities as part of her “beast series”.
Her work revolves around the search for ways in which mankind can have a positive impact on nature and through her sculptures she shares the joy of repositioning themselves as an essential part of the natural world. She explains, “Through my sculptures, I am creating art out of ancient natural materials, and redefining a space and enriching a natural environment. I hope my sculptures will draw people to beautiful places and see themselves as just a tiny, but vital part of this ecosystem, with a responsibility to protect and preserve it.”
Rhea Marmentini grew up in Spain, studied art in Hungary and moved to Paris to learn, sculpt and travel as the disciple and spiritual heir of post-war sculptor Pierre Szekely. As an urban nomad of the late French “Art-Cloche” movement, she exhibited and won awards in France, Spain and Hungary.
In 2004 she began a land art and environmental project near Valencia Spain to heal and beautify a mountainous area damaged by human action through artistic expression. She transformed an old quarry and created “El Dragón de la Calderona”, a land art sculpture and centre for the arts designed to foster creativity and support artists.
Currently based in Malaga, Spain, her focus is on large-scale sculpture. In 2019, she contributed with a conceptual proposal and four monumental pieces to the transformation of an old basalt quarry into a sculpture park.
The Art Gallery of San Francisco
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