Faenza - ITALY, 1914 - 1991

An aristocrat with an artistic soul, Domenico Matteucci lived all his life in Faenza, working in a free way, with the longest of processing and execution times, disregarding any pressures from either the clients or the market. His innate reluctance to participate in exhibition or art events prevented him from obtaining the recognition he would have deserved. Nevertheless, Matteucci is a key figure in the period when the Faentine modern tradition foreclosed on its epochal history and new perspectives began to appear, destined to link ceramics and arts, during the 1950s and the 1960s. After a short stay at the Royal School for Ceramic, Matteucci attended the Artistic High School in Bologna and completed his studies with a specialization in architecture for the two final years. His works of the 1930s already show exceptional plastic skills, elegance and refinement, which find their roots in the great Italian tradition but at the same time are a modern departure from it. Matteucci destructures the forms and his figurative plastics comes from a dense amalgam, more in an allusive way rather than conversational or narrative. He collaborated with Mario Morelli, expert in making glazes, and also with Pietro Melandri, during the post-war period. In 1947 he exhibited at the 6th Concor- so Nazionale della Ceramica di Faenza [National Competition of Ceramics in Faenza], presenting a large panel of informal tones. Towards the end of the 1940s, the series of the Nativity Scenes and Boats featured a smooth and soft plasticity, almost unfinished in quality, which makes the iconographic references almost unrecognizable. His interest for the informal reaches its peak in the realization of the Bozzetto di grande scultura [Sketch of a big sculpture] in 1956 and in the Deposition panels in 1962. Among his outstanding works, the marble Impronta di Cristo [Christ’s sign], in 1969, for the Cemetery in Faenza, the Monumento ai Caduti [War memorial] in 1969 in Faenza and the Muro del vento [Wall moved by the wind], again in Faenza, in 1986. Beyond working with ceramics, Matteucci was active also as a painter, designer and teacher at the local Design School.