Inspired by masters such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin, Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn is famed for his striking hand sculptures.
History and Background
The son of a costume designer and Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn, Lorenzo split his childhood between Italy and the USA. He studied at the American Academy of the Fine Arts in New York, originally hoping to become a Surrealist painter.
During his twenties, he enjoyed a brief acting career, playing alongside his father in the 1989 film, Stradivari. But his need to create took over, and he turned to sculpture as a way to convey his innermost feelings to the viewer.
Amongst his most notable comissions is The Tree of Life, which was created for the United Nations and issued as a stamp in 1993.
In 1994, for the 800th anniversary of St Anthony's birth, he created a likeness for the Basilica del Santo in Padua, which was blessed by the pope in front of a 35,000-strong crowd.
Ideas and Inspirations
Driven to seek a challenge, Lorenzo prides himself on sculpting the most technically challenging part of the human body. For him, hands symbolise the power we have as humans to impact the lives of ourselves and those around us.
Taking inspiration from everyday life, he is pushed to sculpt merely by watching other people and channeling their energy.
From Palette to Picture
A finished piece can take months to come to fruition. Lorenzo usually conceives each concept in writing before embarking upon the physical realisation.
Once complete, the poetic text is displayed alongside the sculpture; not as an explanation, but as an integreal part of the piece.