Bruno Lucchesi is an Italian-American sculptor, known for his contemplative female figures and Genre figure groups.Lucchesi was born in Fibbiano Montanino in Lucca, Italy. He studied at the Art Institute of Lucca, then moved to Florence, Italy, where he became Assistant Professor at Florence University in 1953. In 1958 he moved to New York City, and has since taught there at the National Academy of Design and the New School of Social Research. He continues to teach workshops in the United States and Europe.
His works are part of many museum collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of the City of New York, Brooklyn Museum, Dallas Museum, Smithsonian Hirshhorn Washington Museum amongst others. Bruno is world-renowned and his art is in prestigious private collections and are commissioned by corporations, various types of institutions, and Universities.
He is a member of the National Sculpture Society, National Academy of Design, Artists’ Fellowship and others. He has been honored with numerous outstanding and top awards in the United States and abroad. Bruno is represented by Cavalier Galleries of Greenwich, CT and Nantucket, MA. Bruno Lucchesi has 6 published books: Bruno Lucchesi: Celebrating the Beauty in Everyday Life, Bruno Lucchesi, Bruno Lucchesi Sculptor of the Human Spirit, Modeling the Head in Clay, Terracotta and Modeling the Figure in Clay.
Honors and Awards
1958 City of Florence, Italy – Provincia di Firenze - Silver Medal.1959 National Academy of Design - Helen Foster Barnett Prize.1959 Techni-Craft Graphic Arts – Honorable Mention.1959 The Architectural League of New York – Honorable Mention Henry O. Avery Award.1962 Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Sculpture 1962-1963.1963 National Academy of Design - Elizabeth N. Watrous Gold Medal.1963 National Arts Club - Gold Medal for Sculpture.1965 National Academy of Design – Samuel Finley Breese Morse Medal.1965 National Arts Club – Gold Medal.1967 National Academy of Design - Elizabeth N. Watrous Gold Medal.1968 Art Director’s Club of New York – Merit Award.1969 City of Pietrasanta, Italy – Riviera Della Versilia Award.1970 National Academy of Design – Certificate of Merit.1971 National Academy of Design – Artists’ Fund Prize.1972 National Academy of Design – Samuel Finley Breese Morse Medal.1973 National Academy of Design – Artists’ Fund Prize.1974 National Academy of Design – Saltus Gold Medal for Merit.1975 National Society of Literature and The Arts Award.1976 City of Lucca, Italy - Medal for Honoring Italy Abroad.1977 National Academy of Design - Gold Medal.1978 National Academy of Design – Artists’ Fund Prize.1979 National Sculpture Society – Roman Bronze Foundry Prize.1981 National Sculpture Society - Gold Medal.1981 National Academy of Design – Artists’ Fund Prize.1982 New York City Italian Cultural Society - Lion of San Marco Art Award.1983 National Sculpture Society - Silver Medal.1983 National Academy of Design – Artists’ Fund Prize.1989 National Sculpture Society - Silver Medal.1989 National Academy of Design – Artists’ Fund Prize.1989 New York Artists Equity Association Award.1990 National Academy of Design - Gold Medal.1996 National Sculpture Society – Herbert Adams Memorial Medal.2000 City of Pietrasanta, Italy - International Prize.2002 Honorary Doctorate Degree of Fine Arts from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, Connecticut.2002 Honorary Doctorate Degree of Fine Arts from Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania.2003 Artists’ Fellowship, Benjamin West Clinedinst Memorial Medal Award.2005 Brookgreen Gardens, Kenan Master Sculptor.2009 National Sculpture Society, Polich Tallix Foundry Award.2010 National Sculpture Society, Medal of Honor Award - Achievement in and for the Encouragement of American Sculpture.2012 40th Year Anniversary Ceremony of Walt Whitman Portrait - Arrow Park, Monroe, New York.2012 50th Year Anniversary Guggenheim Fellows Honor from John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation - New York.2013 48th Year Anniversary National Academicians Honor from The National Academy, New York.2014 The Connecticut Hospice Inc., Patient Advocate for Life Award, Branford, Connecticut.
Bruno Lucchesi è nato a Fibbiano Montanino, Lucca, ITA nel 1926. Dal 1947 frequenta l'Istituto d'Arte di Lucca, per poi completare gli studi all'Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, dove si trasferisce nel 1950. Dal 1953 è assistente alla Cattedra di Plastica Ornamentale, e nel 1958 si trasferisce a New York, dove dal 1962 insegna a The New School of Social Research e dal 1970 anche a The National Academy of Design. Nel 1980 inizia a viaggiare annualmente, presentando "stage" per gli Stati Uniti.Tra le sue principali mostre personali si ricordano: Forum Gallery, New York (1961; '63; '66; '68; '70-'72; '75; '76; '80; '84; '85; 2003); Canton Art Institute, Ohio (1972); Wilkes College, PA (1976); Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA (1979); Blue Hill Cultural Center, Pearl River, NY (1984); Cavalier Renaissance Gallery, Greenwich, CT (2000; '05) e Nantucket, MA (2002; '06); Scottsdale Artists' School, AZ (2007).
Tra le sue più significative mostre collettive vi sono: National Academy of Design, New York (dal 1959 quasi ogni anno); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1958-'60); Brooklyn Museum, New York (1963; '77); The Sculptor's Guild, New York (1962-'65; '74; '77; 2004-'05); The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (1964-'66); American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (1964; '67; '78); Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University (1974); Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (1977; '81); National Sculpture Society, New York (1979; 2007; '09); Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL (1981); National Sculpture Society, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, (dal 1987 diverse edizioni); Forum Gallery, New York e Chicago (dal 1990 diverse edizioni); Yale University, New Haven, CT (2001; '03-'05); Academy of Art Museum, Easton, MD (2005); The Barnum Museum, Bridgeport, CT (2009).Oltre che in molte collezioni private, le sue opere sono presenti in numerose collezioni pubbliche e musei, tra cui: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Dallas Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; National Academy of Design, New York; Museum of the City of New York; West Museum of Wisconsin; Museum of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria; Withney Museum of American Art, New York; Piazza Savonarola e Piazza San Gallo, Firenze.Molte anche le sue commissioni pubbliche, tra le quali si ricordano: Ponte Amerigo Vespucci, Firenze; Città di Corning, NY, Hartford, CT, Raleigh, NC, Wichita, KS; Arrow Park, Monroe, NY; Enrico Fermi Library, New York; Yale University, New Haven, CT; Cathedral Immaculate Conception, Denver; Jinan Botanical Gardens, Shandong, Cina; Syracuse University, New York.
Tra i suoi principali riconoscimenti si ricordano: "Medaglia d'Argento", Città di Firenze (1958); National Academy of Design (1959; '64; '67; '68; '72; '82); Guggenheim Fellowship (1962); "Medaglia d'Oro", National Arts Club (1963; '65); "Medaglia d'Oro", National Academy of Design (1970; '74; '77); "Medaglia", Città di Lucca ("Italia all'estero", 1976); "Medaglia d'Oro e d'Argento", National Sculpture Society (1979; anni '80 e '90); "Premio Leone di San Marco", Italian Cultural Society, New York (1981); "Premio Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel Mondo", Pietrasanta (2000); "Laurea ad Honorem in Belle Arti", Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA (2002) e Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT (2002).Ritornato in Versilia, viene a Pietrasanta ogni estate e lavora presso i Laboratori Franco Cervietti, Pasquino Pasquini, Umberto Togni e le Fonderie Del Chiaro, Mariani, Tommasi e Versiliese. Qui ha partecipato a diverse rassegne, tra cui: "Artisti e Arrtigiani in un centro storico", Pietrasanta (1976); "Il passato e la presenza", Centro Culturale "Luigi Russo", Pietrasanta (1983); "100 Anni di Scultura Nazionale", Palazzo Mediceo, Seravezza (1994); Centro Culturale "Luigi Russo", Pietrasanta (personale, 2002); "La nostalgia del futuro", Chiesa di S.Agostino, Pietrasanta (2005).Sue opere si trovano nella Chiesa di Pian di Conca, LU; Cimiteri di Pietrasanta e Viareggio; Chiese di S. Paolino, S. Trinita e Cattedrale di San Martino a Lucca.