Today we’d like to introduce you to Flavio Bisciotti.

Flavio Bisciotti is a multi-faceted individual with several deep areas of interest. This includes his artwork featured on this website, and also his company Bisciotti design+build and his championing of artists through his art gallery, FAB Gallery in Santa Monica.

As a young architecture student in Buenos Aires, Flavio Bisciotti began making objects, and he was also immersed in drawing and painting. He received his degree in 1985 and set up a successful architecture practice in Argentina. During that time he opened his first art gallery.

In the early 90s, he moved to California to pursue an artistic career, and he founded Bisciotti Design, a furniture manufacturing company with a factory in Downtown Los Angeles. His unique line of furniture could be characterized as eclectic and fanciful, post-modern with a renaissance twist.

Now with over 25 years of experience in furniture design and interior architectural detail, Flavio is a master craftsman who can create anything that he can imagine. In the late 90s through a partnership with real estate developer colleagues, he had the opportunity to design several buildings in Venice and Hollywood. He designed every detail of these custom modernist multi-family lofts, from door handles to custom ironwork to cabinetry and lighting.

Today, Flavio has Bisciotti design+build where he designs and builds custom environments and furnishings. In 2012, Flavio opened his first art gallery in the US on Main Street in Santa Monica.

FAB Gallery is just one more expression of his love for the arts. As a visual artist, Flavio creates paintings and functional art. He is influenced by Latin artists such as Wilfredo Lamb, Roberto Matta, Carlos Alonso, and Antonio Berni. The subject matter of Flavio’s own work is driven by personal encounters and by the urban environments he travels to.

The spectator of his work is also a catalyst for his evolution. Exploration of materials and a collage process that includes ephemera he has collected over the years, as well as, ideas from earlier sketchbooks leads to work that is a dialogue between his past and present self.

CURATORIAL ESSAY by Delia Cabral:
In this hyper-specialized world, Flavio Bisciotti stands apart. Even in the fine arts, fluid as they can be, we categorize and subcategorize. We define art and artists as abstract painters, figurative sculptors, a photographer in black and white, an installation artist working with architecture, etc. But Flavio cuts across these definitions.

Bisciotti was educated as an architect in Buenos Aires. Always a supporter of artists, he owned an art gallery in his 20s, just as he owns one now in Santa Monica. When making art, Flavio takes a holistic approach. He creates art as an entire environment. He designed and built his gallery, designed and built its furniture, created a hanging system for the art, and in this space, we can view his and others’ sculpture and paintings. His art and vision are seamless and complete.

Bisciotti’s South American heritage is evident in his paintings. He employs warm, rich colors. He is drawn to earth tones punctuated with strong graphic compositions. His drawings display an architectural line and evoke complex blueprints of cities that suggest something from human history as remembered in dreams. Flavio’s work is structured and detailed yet painterly and broadly open to interpretation. His sculpture is anchored in functional design but conjures imaginative reinventions.

For example, his armchair is a beautiful example of clean, modern, functional furniture, but has been transformed into a vessel filled with objects destroyed by fire and carefully curated to create a sensation contrary to the order and transparency of the chair itself.

Bisciotti’s mastery over space, function, design, and play is readily evident. He approaches his art not from one perspective or modality but from a multitude of standpoints. Flavio unites, and re-unites, what had been fractured, categorized, separated, torn apart. He helps us see that there is more than one perspective or approach to art and in art. He invites us to view art and the creative process in a different way, a multifaceted way that reflects our own complexities.

On January 5, 2016, a fire burned down Flavio Bisciotti’s home art studio. After the initial shock and after speaking with friends, he came up with the idea to salvage the remains of the fire to create new artworks.
http://www.flaviobisciotti.com/site/projects/palimpsest/

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Doing the project “Palimpsest” was not easy and hard work too, I worked literally nine months to put together the first exhibit at the burned studio, a second exhibition three months later at my owned gallery in Santa Monica, then four months later my Solo show with all the pieces I produced for the “Objects from the Ashes” exhibition.
http://www.flaviobisciotti.com/site/projects/2017-objects-from-the-ashes/

In that period of time, I not only did my own pieces for the project, I also collaborated with another 32 artists, directed and produce a short documentary.

Since I finished the last exhibition in September 2017, I focused on a new project based on my new body of work named “Invisible Cities” An European Journey 2018 with three solo shows in Vienna, Austria, and Hamburg, Germany.
http://www.flaviobisciotti.com/site/projects/invisible-cities/

Bisciotti Design Inc – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
For the last 27 years, my company specialized in Design and Art, Including Manufacture of Furniture, Interiors, of Commercials and Residentials projects. Founded in 1995, Bisciotti Design is an all-in-one design and build company and consultancy which handles the entire design and manufacturing process for commercial and residential projects.

This includes architectural, interior detail, environments, furniture, and objects. Clients include restaurants, retail storefronts, and private residences. We specialize in interiors and remodels. We are based in Los Angeles and serve a regional and international.
http://www.bisciotti.com

Besides the representation of International Artists, through FAB-gallery.com.
http://fab-gallery.com/site/

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Any achievement of finalizing a project is a proud moment of my career. I take pride in the work and the process of the work. My proudest moment also is when the project is recognized and approved by the audience.

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