Pietro De Tommaso was born near the end of the 1940s in a beautiful, ancient land such as Calabria.Some vicissitudes brought his family in Friuli and Pietro was brought up in a small village near Udine.
The sounds, the silences and the colors of that rural microcosm refined his gifts as an observer, developed his strong attachment to nature and were the background of the first, naive attempts at sculpting, meant to build his own toys on his own.
As a teenager, he devoted himself with special passion to artistic gymnastics.His life was art: he painted, he sculpted, and, at the same time, he experimented with other forms of expression such as cinema and theatre. In the early 1980s he opened an important experimental school in Udine, named “Teatro Nuovo” (New Theatre).
Painting and sculpture remain his lodestars, and, notwithstanding his forays in other sectors, they are never abandoned. In the 1990s, sculpting overcame every other form of expression: Pietro was always searching for new, meaningful postures in his figures by using different materials, from wood to gypsum, to resins.
At the end of that decade, he built on his own a small art foundry and began a new cycle of research and experimentation by using the lost-wax casting technique.
In the mid-2000s Pietro De Tommaso opened a small exhibition space, solely devoted to his works, in the heart of the city of Udine. The most important result he achieved thanks to the experience in his small foundry is the casting of fabrics, by means of a technique that maintains its features as to the draping and texture.
The fruits of this latest research will be the object of an upcoming, important exhibition.
Experimental theater – year 1980