ABOUT | ANTONINO SCIORTINO
In a courtyard of a former industrial area of Milan resides Antonino Sciortino’s workshop. Antonino is an artisan and an artist: his eclectic soul has been able to reimagine the ancient art of iron crafting, in a brand new way to make it into art, play, pure creativity.
The story of Antonino is the one of a boy born in a large family in the South of Bagheria, blessed by the privilege to grow alongside the splendor of the sea and a unique land. At the age of eight he began to learn the craft of a blacksmith in his brother’s workshop and at the same time became passionate about dance, and attended a dance school in Palermo, with his clothes still deeply impregnated with the smell of iron.
Antonino soon reaches a succecssful career of dancer and choreographer, with visibility in many television shows (“Drive in”, choreography for Ricky Martin and Julio Iglesias) until 2003 when, at the age of forty, he realized that his career as a dancer was running out. So, he entered in the circle of the Garden Company in Milan and begins a new artistic adventure, defined by the constant research in crafting iron into the ethereal lightness typical of dance.
Antonino Sciortino’s work comes from the unusual combination of “cotto” wire, a peculiar and more malleable type of iron, and wood or plastic to allow creations of soft lines, of animation spatial, of “dancing” shadows.
Antonino’s works are inspired by external inputs and stimuli: they are cast and then reworked to satisfy his creative imagination.
Among the works found in his study there’s a remarkable figure of a parrot jokingly called “Pierluigi with no scooter” (a friend with an aquiline nose), a owl, the “Tuna, immediately”, inspired by Sicilian memories, or “The girl next door“. His creations are defined by him as a sort of “minimal baroque” only an apparent contradiction because, as he likes to say, if you know the rule, then you can make the exception.
Sciortino also creates items of furniture and design, accepting specific commissions or welcoming the guests who visit his studio and fall in love with the objects, to buy some to furnish the house.
His works are versatile, ductile, lend themselves to more functions and accommodations. A clear example is a creation which he has called “Mute servant” because it can be placed wherever one wants to assign it a function according to the contexts.
With Sciortino we realize the recovery of that rich heritage of knowledge and wisdom related to the craftsman work in which the Italian creativity gave its best, allowing Italians to be known worldwide for the excellence and inventiveness.