Ugo Marano’s Biography

Ugo Marano was born in Capriglia, near to Naples in 1943.

Natura morta - 48x47x3 cm. Mosaic realized as a dissertation for the degree at the Reverenda Fabbrica di mosaico in Vatican City

Natura morta – 48x47x3 cm. Mosaic realized as a dissertation for the degree at the Reverenda Fabbrica di mosaico in Vatican City

In his young age Ugo studied at the Mosaic Academy in the Reverenda Fabbrica of St. Peter, in Vatican City, Rome, and attended also the Mosaic Academy in Ravenna, near to Venice.

One of his first work was the restorations of the mosaic’s of the chapel of St. Andrew (V sec.) at the Archbishop’s Museum of Ravenna.

Antipavimento (Antiflooring)

Antipavimento (Antiflooring)

Following is personal artistic vision Ugo started since 1967to create artworks aiming to merge art and daily objects and in 1969, he created a huge number of Antipavimenti (Anti-floor), a series of bass-relief which work as a ceramic sea.

The radical idea to bring back art in people’s daily life made him to created in 1971 the project Museo Vivo (Alive Museum). This project was realized installing a ceramic oven in the middle of a forest full of trees, a place rich of “positive radicalism”. During this project, Ugo co-operated with the musician Stockhausen developing many beautiful artworks.

The artists of the Taide Group (1974)

The artists of the Taide Group (1974)

In 1974 he was part of the Il laboratorio di Mercato San Severino, group of sperimental artists who mixed various forms of art from poetry to music.

In1975Ugo was invited to display at the Quadrennial in Rome and the Biennial in Venice, where he was invited also in 1976(Ambiente come sociale – Environment as sociality).

In 1977 Ugo restored the mosaics in the Cathedral of Amalfi, which is one of the oldest Domes in Italy and also worked restoring mosaics in the Cathedral of Salerno and of Potenza.

In 1979 Ugo exhibited at the Triennial in Milan, and in 1980 he was invited again to gave a series of lectures.

In 1980, he displayed again at the Biennial in Venice during a event called Il tempo del museo (The Time of the museum). Same year he also created the project Fabbrica Felice (Happy Factory), in which Ugo tried to build a new space for a new man. In this space the new man will find a emotional relationship with art which will give him motivation and will sustain him in the daily life struggle.

Manifeste du livre d’artiste (Manifest of a free artist)

Manifeste du livre d’artiste (Manifest of a free artist) 1982 exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

1982 he exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris his Manifeste du livre d’artiste (Manifest of a free artist).

In 1990hedisplayed for the Triennial in Milan and at the Groninger Museum in Holland.

In 1991, he is back at the Triennial in Milan.

Same year Ugo created a group of potters which was called I vasai di Cetara (Cetara’s Potters), with the purpose to free creative art from academic’s dogmas and preclusions.

Fontana felice (Happy fountain) Salerno, Naples

Fontana felice (Happy fountain) Salerno, Naples

In 1995, he exhibited in Paris at the Carrousel du Louvre and in 1996, he realized two utopic pieces of art: the Fontana Felice (Happy Fountain) in Salerno and the Museo Citta’ Creativa (The Creative City Museum) a Rufoli in Italy. The Creative Museum of Rufoli has now established itself as a place of International value, attratting visitors and academics from all around the world.

The interest in Ugo Marano was gathering pace and his research expanded so much that the Department of Science and Education of the University decided to produce a documentary on Ceramic Art and the work of Ugo Marano.

In 1997 Ugo realized various artworks for the National Park of the Cilento, declared later on World patrimony of humanity. To create this project he co-operated with the economist Pasquale Persico. This important experience is described in the books written Pasquale Persico and La Certosa Esplosa (Chartreuse Exploded) written by Ugo Marano. The resulting artworks are a sign of how two different individuals, with their own talent and skills can creatively unite to produce artistic masterpieces.

Just after that Ugo created the Tavolo del Paradiso (Table of heaven) in the Valley of the Orchids of Sassano in Campania.

Ugo and a installation in the Orchid Valley, Sassano - Naples

Ugo and a installation in the Orchid Valley, Sassano – Naples

The artwork was designed with the project to create four squares on the mountains of the district to unify the space all around in one big art’s area, this project was called La citta’ moltiplicata (Multiplied city).

“The artists will build the city, they will build a Museum in the empty spaces of the city and in those already filled with factories” so Ugo described the purpose the project.

Fully convinced of the need for art to enter on the common social life , he participated in the Strategic Plan for the union of six Councils around Copparo, near Ferrara. This project was created for a territory of 50.000 hectares.

Ugo created a project for the Province of Siena also to animate the existing monuments and to give birth to a satellite city made by Case dei linguaggi (Languages’ Homes) buildings which will work as a visitors’ attraction or as existential assistance’s desks.

In 1997 Ugo was invited to display in the room Charles V, at the Maschio Angioino, Naples’ medieval castle.

In 1999 he was invitad again at the Groninger Museum, for the show called III Millennio (III Millenium)

Fontana di Napoleone (Napoleon's fountain) Cetara, Naples

Fontana di Napoleone (Napoleon’s fountain) Cetara, Naples

In 2001he created the artwork called La fontana di Napoleone (Napoleon’s Fountain) in the town of Cetara.

In2002 he exhibited in Turin at the international show of The Masterpieces and he was called to create two amazing artworks for the subway in Naples, in Salvator Rosa’s Station, in co-operation with the architect Mendini.

In 2003 he inaugurated La Fabbrica Creativa (Creative Factory), an initiative funded by the union of the Councils around the town of Copparo. Again Ugo worked very closely with the economist Pasquale Persico to produce artworks inside the factories of Copparo. The aim of this work was to produce a “cultural glue” which can merge and unite a vast territory, expressing with each single artwork values of union and identity.

In 2003, at the age of 60, Ugo received the master degree honoris causa in Communication Science from the University of Salerno.

In 2004he co-operatedwith the group STS (Latz, with Pession and Cappato) and won the international contest for the creation of the Park Dora Spina 3 in Turin and exposed at Paray Le Monial, in France for the exposition Mosaique de design (Design’s Mosaic).

In the same year he painted Umano disumano animale, più che umano divino (Human, inhuman and animal, a more human divine). This piece today is part of the Collection of artworks in the Postgraduate School of the History of the Art University of Siena.

Sketch for Mamma Lucia's monument.

Sketch for Mamma Lucia’s monument.

In 2005 Ugo won the national contest for the creation of a monument for Mamma Lucia (Mother Lucy) and attended the international show 100 Faccie 100 Progetti (100 faces 100 projects) in Verona.

Ugo also participated to the show Mundus vivendi (Living world), with Sottsass, Branzi, Coppola and Hosoe, creating a whole floor painting.

After that he created some magnificent three meters high grand vases, just 6 millimetres tick. Those vases can act as a natural instrument, creating beautiful sounds, when touched they emit a beautiful chime. Named the I vasi del terzo millennio (Vases of the third millennium) the vases needed a special constructed oven, created by Enzo Santoriello, an expert ceramic’s cooking.

Turin exhibition at the MIIAO.

Turin exhibition at the MIIAO.

2006he was called to display the vases at the MIAAO (Museo Internazionale delle Arti Applicate Oggi, Turin), for the grand opening. The MIAAO is the first museum in Italy devoted to contemporary art and Ugo displayed seven vases Sette vasi per la casa sacra (Seven vases for the sacred house).

Ugo also exhibited at the Triennial in Milan with
Il bestiario (The bestiary), a monoliths’ flooring, where each tile measures 60×120 cm.

In 2007 he attended the meeting of the poets, whit Lawrence Ferlighetti, Jack Hirschman, Agneta Falk and the talented photographer and filmmaker Chris Felver.

In 2010 he received a career award for the ceramic and mosaic in Pordenone and presented his new artworks the mosaic vases called Canopi.

In 2011 Ugo was invited to give a series of lectures Arte e ambiente, nuove pratiche, nuovi luoghi (Art and environment, new practices, new places) for the University of Siena Postgraduate School.

Ugo Marano passed away in October 2011 leaving a huge number of artworks, visions and many projects still to realize.

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