Inspired by masters such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin, Italian artist Lorenzo is famed for his striking hand sculptures.
As the son of the actor Anthony Quinn, Lorenzo split his childhood between Italy and the USA. He studied at the American Academy of the Fine Arts in New York before enjoying a brief career as an actor.
After turning his hand to sculpture, he gained notable commissions, including The Tree of Life, which was created for the United Nations and issued as a stamp in 1993. In 1994, he created a likeness of Saint Anthony for the Basilica del Santo in Padua, which was blessed by the Pope in front of a 35,000-strong crowd.
Recent projects include the inauguration of his ‘Give’ sculpture at the Uffizi Gardens in Florence in August 2020. This was a gift from the artist and our sister gallery, Halcyon Gallery, to the Italian city of Pietrasanta, where it is now displayed at the International Sculpture Park. The sculpture shows the hand of a man joining that of a woman to underline the value of giving. It evokes a message of peace and addresses humanity, which is symbolised by an olive tree.
Lorenzo prides himself on sculpting the most technically challenging part of the human body. For him, hands symbolise the power we have as humans to impact both our lives and those of people around us. He explains: “The hand holds so much power: the power to love, create, hate and destroy.”
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