Biography

Andrea Roggi was born on July 2nd 1962 in Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany. While still in his teenage years, the artist began to cultivate some of his many interests, including painting and poetry, until he gradually focused on sculpture. To expand his knowledge of sculptural techniques, he attended for a short period of time the studio of Enzo Scatragli, a fellow artist and himself a native son of Castiglion Fiorentino. But the event that marked a true artistic turning point in his life came when he visited the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, where he was literally spellbound by the strong plastic effect of The Trinity, a fresco by Renaissance painter and countryman Masaccio.

In 1991 he set up the art workshop “La Scultura di Andrea Roggi”, where he crafts his sculptures from start to finish and, with the help of his assistants, he manages to create large-sized yet finely detailed pieces. Bronze is his material of choice, which he puts through the long casting process to finally transform the clay models into metal sculptures. He has produced a number of public artworks in Italy, located mainly in Tuscany and Umbria. In the late 90s he became the initiator of the “Art for Young” movement, aimed at awakening an appreciation of art and all art forms in young people.

The movement has culminated in the inauguration of the Creativity Park (Parco della Creatività), its crowning achievement. Since the year 2000, Roggi has been pursuing a fruitful collaboration with the University of Georgia, based in Castiglion Fiorentino, and the University of Texas, based in Cortona, where he holds workshops and courses on sculptural techniques. In the early 2000s, he became fascinated with one of Arezzo's most prominent intellectual figures, Pier Francesco Greci, and with his theories about the art of Piero della Francesca. Roggi's works are featured in many art collections around the world and he has participated in various national and international exhibitions held at major venues such as the Olympia Grand Hall in London, the Ahoy in Rotterdam; the Grand Palais in Paris, the Fukuoka Oishi Gallery and Fukuoka City Museum in Japan.

Some of his pieces are on permanent display at the Creativity Park (Parco della Creatività, in Manciano, Castiglion Fiorentino) and at The Circle of Life Art Gallery in Cortona.