We had the good fortune of connecting with Giacomo Muraglia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Giacomo, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
it’s everything just a passion I have since I was a little kid, being a professional sculptor is all I ever wanted. I basically grew up painting and drawing, but later I discovered this other passion, and a completely new world opened up in mind. I started my business opening my own studio in Italy (where I’m from) and working for many collectors, but my goal it’s been always moving in America and trying to be a teacher, I’m still working on it. On time, I realized that I wanted to teach, because is the only thing, besides making art, that makes me feel happy and free. Being a landmark for people, is something I’ve always wanted. We’ll see what happens in the future, now I’m in America and this is my opportunity.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I grew up making art, and my first goal was going at the academy of fine art and learn more about arts. the academies of fine arts in Italy are very expensive, that’s why I decided to give private drawing classes and also doing street art, making portraits to the kids in the summer seasons… I needed to make money to afford this big expenses. Once I got at the academy, my life started to be very very busy, and I kept going and going until I get my degree in visual arts and sculpting. I’ve always loved the American Cinema and I consider myself a little of a nerd haha… I’ve been always making sculptures of characters from movies (most of the time, characters from horror movies) or comic books and that’s was the moment when I introduced myself to a big community of American culture’s fans in Italy and starting to do entertainment in events like comic-conventions making performances like making life-size sculptures in front of the audience. Here’s, we can say my carrier is began… my job, was making life-size sculptures of famous movie characters being played from great actors, so I had the opportunity to meet actors like Lucy Lawless (I made a life-size sculpture of Xena-Princess Warrior, one of her famous character), Holly Marie Combs (who played Piper Halliwell from the WB series Charmed) and others… but in the meantime I’ve been always keeping myself busy making art for collectors and organizing exhibitions in various art galleries. After all this, I kind of got tired of making sculptures from American Cinema culture, because I felt I needed to express myself and stimulate my own creativity, maybe it was also an excuse to know myself better… and I decided to create my own artworks, my own collection and I’m keeping doing it. The only thing that I’ve been considering a challenge for me, was moving in USA and I made it. Like I said, I’m very happy to be here and I feel blessed for it. It took me almost two years and a lot of money for getting my Visa and be able to move in America, and now it’s up to me start over again, a new life, a new artistic carrier, is not going to be easy, but like I always say, as long as your passion is very strong, nothing can’t stop you. Now, we’ll see what happens! 😉
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If we talking about a friend to take with me in my land, Sicily, for a little vacation, God there would be soo many places to visit hahaha. Sicily is an island full of history. About people in general, I’m always interested to know every type of persons, I’ve been always a very curious person, I like observes people, listening to them, understand them, there’re always something to learn from them, they basically are the ones who gives me the “power” to makes art, you know art imitates life and life imitates art.
Interesting places? To me, the most interesting places to visit are the places with a lot of history to discover. I’m always fascinated from the historical past of a certain places. Habits, customs, traditions etc… things that sometimes are part of our place of birth and that unfortunately we tend to forget today.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I thank my family for the support, after all, I’m from Sicily and over there, the family is the most important thing, but also I’ll be always thankful to my master, Toto’ Rizzuti, a great sculptor, without him, I wouldn’t be here in America right now. He’s been like a father for me… for years and years he’s been supported me, teaching me not only the techniques of sculpting, but also teaching me what’s really important about being an artist, which means being free from all the people’s prejudices, which is a pretty common thing in a old land like our Sicily, but like I said, he taught me the most important thing in the world of arts; people are always ready to judge you, no matter what you do… all you do, wrong or right, it doesn’t matter… at this point, do whatever makes you feel happy and free.
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