Gino Marotta was the first Italian artist to propose a synergy between art and design.
Active in Rome as from the early 1960s, he joined the CRACK group, born
in the home of Fabio Mauri, in their opposition to the figurative school led by
Guttuso. From the circle of the Caffè Rosati to his first solo show, presented by
Emilio Villa in Milan in 1967, it was through his contacts with Giò Ponti, Carlo
Scarpa and Luigi Moretti that he came up with the idea of using methacrylate as
the material for his sculptures by virtue of its high-tech properties. Impervious to decay, transparent and almost incorporeal, it allows natural or artificial light to shine
through it. One hallmark of his work is the contrast between natural and artificial, which manifests itself in the use of methacrylate or Perspex to create elements belonging to the world of nature. This contemporary material enables Marotta to give shape to an image of the natural world, in this case an oak tree, which takes on the value of an archetype while ideally forming part of a series. (Transl. by Paul Metcalfe per Scriptum, Roma)


  • Title: Quercia artificiale
  • Creator: Gino Marotta
  • Date: 1966
  • Physical Dimensions: w72 x h196 x d68 cm
  • Provenance: Rome, Isa Francavilla Marotta collection
  • Type: sculpture
  • Rights: Immagini Gardaphoto, Salò
  • Medium: metachrylate
  • loan: Rome, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

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