Mauro Bonaventura (b. Venice, 1965). At 18 he graduated with a diploma in electronics. In his search for a job, fate and providence gave him an opportunity to become an apprentice in the age old tradition of Venetian glassblowing.
Right from the start, he fell in love and was mesmerised with the incandescent quality of glass.His career began with learning the techniques of glassblowing and glass decoration and to date he still remains in the glassmaker’s trade.
It was a turning point for Mauro in 1992 when he was fortunate to be invited by a glass maestro to observe him in lamp working. A new passion struck Mauro when he realised this technique enabled him to explore a new and exciting way of working with glass on a closer and more intimate level.
After months of evening observation Mauro decided it was time to leave the glass factory and concentrate and channel all his energies on the technique of lamp working. He set up his own studio to become a full time independent artist.
In order to make ends meet, he was involved in typical Venetian production pieces of glass animals, rings, pendants and other objects. However, Mauro had an urgent need to satisfy his creative pursuits in the field of sculpturing work. In order to achieve this aim, he enrolled in the “Liceo” in Venice which specialises in Art subjects.
After attending four successive years of evening classes in drawing, sculpture, painting and anatomy, Mauro received his diploma in 2003. In the subsequent course of his lamp working career we have seen Mauro Bonaventura’s artistic development growing from strength to strength with his life-like figures often encased in intricate network of cages or spheres.
He continues to hone his skills and perfect his mastery of the medium of glass to create outstanding and thought provoking art pieces.
He participated in many exhibitions mainly in the United States and is published in numerous magazines and catalogues of art newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Gas Journal, Glashaus, Art & Art, New Glass Review, Corriere della Sera and other.
His works are in Corning Museum of glass, Carnegie Museum of Art, Glass Museum Alter Hof Herding, Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Museo de arte contemporàneo en vidrio de Alcorcòn (Madrid) and other museum and galleries all over the world.