The concentration of artists and craftsmen is quite impressive for a small village such as San Sperate. Some scientific observers are doing research about unique properties of the tap water or volatile substances in the air of San Sperate. All kidding aside, the quality of the work is very high. Following some of those in the business that are open to show their artworks to visitors.
An active member of the artistic and cultural movement of the Paese Museo since 1972, he is now one of the most appreciated artists in Sardinia. There are several towns in which it is possible to see his wall paintings. His works focus on the anthropological aspects of life. His subjects are always a part of the community, and he always captures a historical setting.
An active member of the artistic and cultural movement of the Paese Museo since 1972, he is now one of the most appreciated artists in Sardinia. There are several towns in which it is possible to see his wall paintings.
An artisan and ceramist, Giampaolo Mameli is a master craftsman. He has been focusing on handmade work, combined with constant experimentation.
Proto-Sardinian and Nuragic culture is the prime source of his research. Symbols such as the Mother Goddess, the Taurus God, emblems of the fertility of the earth, and vital synthesis par excellence, are the inspiration for the forms and the patterns recurring in the core of his ceramic production. Behind a new stylistic solution, there is the need for expressive synthesis, combined with formal choices that are intentionally evocative. An appearance of material writings or monochrome surfaces are crossed by vibrant metallic glows. Mameli's artworks are displayed in various museums, public collections, and are also owned by private collectors.
This emerging young artist works mainly on pottery to express his talent. As a kid raised in San Sperate, he breathes the local cultural climate. He inherited his artistic skills from his paternal grandparents, who were both ceramists. When he was nineteen, he published the book entitled "Metaphors?". After obtaining a degree in ceramics and set designing, he started to exhibit his work with considerable appreciation from the public. This encouraged him to work on his projects and to experiment on new materials and new formal solutions.
A multifaceted artist. Stone, wood, glass, clay, recycled metal objects: everything can be used, reinterpreted, and under the capable hands of an artist, become a piece of art.
Devotion and a careful study of findings from the Nuragic and Punic period, led him to create valuable and faithful reproductions, such as the pintadere (a sort of stamp pertaining to the Nuragic culture). There is also the famous "Maschera Ghignante”, a Punic apotropaic mask discovered in San Sperate. His work has been displayed at various solo and group exhibitions in renowned places such as Cittadella dei Musei or the Bacheca of Cagliari Gallery.
He studied both the prehistoric and traditional techniques of weaving, and he's now working on finding new stylistic solutions framed into the conventional schemes.
He chooses to use traditional materials, such as Sardinian wool (dyed with natural colors), silk, and cotton. In his artworks, these fibers embed and interact with other elements, such as wood or soil.
Prehistoric Sardinia symbols play an important role in his works. He's also inspired by Japanese art and the patterns of marine and terrestrial fauna. Some of his works were displayed in the “Villaggio Leumann Museum” in Collegno, “Trame a Corte” in Parma, and at the Ulassai Art Station.