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Captivated by the mosaics all around me while growing up in northern Italy, I set out to explore the potential of this ancient art form in the contemporary world. My focus is to apply traditional methods to modern subjects, realistic and abstract. I harvest natural stones from the shores of Lake Ontario, following the traditions of the ancients who combed riverbeds for the palette to depict their stories. I approach my mosaics with care, meticulously choosing the stones that best suit the subject. Playing with the hues and textures the stones provide, I cut each piece — called a tessera — by hand with traditional tools: hammer and hardie. Every tessera is unique and a sculpture in itself. I allow the qualities of the stone to be the colour and the canvas at the same time. I strive to give each piece an organic feel, spatial dimension, and sense of movement. My quest is to create mosaics that bridge this ancient art form to contemporary emotions. Grasping the ever-fleeting inspiration, I give my ideas a life as timeless as the stone itself.

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Roberto Centazzo studied graphic arts in Italy and had an extensive career in the printing and imaging industry. In 2010 Roberto traded his digital world for the ancient art of mosaics. Roberto works in a contemporary style, yet he faithfully uses the traditional hammer and hardy. Roberto lets the texture and the hues of the stones be both the colour and the canvas. With his graphic background, Roberto creates mosaics that express incredible dimension and a powerful organic feel. Grasping the ever-fleeting inspiration, he gives his ideas a life as timeless as the stone itself. Roberto has received awards at several art shows and has exhibited in Toronto and Florence, Italy.

 

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EDUCATION
• G. Marconi, Maniago, Italy
Professional Courses
• Scuola Mosaicisti Friulani, Spilimbergo Italy.Corso Breve.
• Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy. Certificate in Graphic Arts.

 

 

Shows and Exhibitions:

2016

Group show April, at the AMSTERDAM ARTSPACE RIVERDALE ARTWALK APRIL PREVIEW
Riverdale Art Walk
Haliburton Art & Craft Festival
Oakville Art in the Park Show, 
Buckhorn Fine Art Festival
Cabbagetown
Artfest Toronto Fine Art Show, at the Distillery District
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Autumn Art Sale
The Black Wall Gallery

2015, 'SPAZI APERTI' International group show Galleria d'Arte Mentana Firenze Italy.

2015
Riverdale Art Walk,
Beaches Art and Craft,
Toronto Art Crawl,
Muskoka Arts & Craft
Haliburton Arts& Craft Festival,
Oakville Art in the Park Show,
Distillery Toronto Artfest Fine Art Show,
Cabbagetown,
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
Great Spirit Gallery

2014
Riverdale Art Walk,
Beaches Art and Craft,
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition,
Muskoka Arts & Craft
Haliburton Arts& Craft Festival,
Oakville Art in the Park Show,
Toronto Art Crawl,
Art Walk North,
Cabbagetown,
Queen West Art Crawl,
Maplestone Gallery.

2013
Riverdale Art Walk,
Beaches Art and Craft,
Muskoka Arts & Craft,
Haliburton Arts& Craft Festival,
Danforth East art Fair,
Maplestone Gallery.

2012
Whichwood Barns
Distillery District,
Distillery District.

Awards
• Best in Heritage Craft award at the 51th Haliburton Arts and Craft Festival July 2014.
• Second place in Contemporary Mosaic Art International competition 2014.
• Outstanding other media award at the 15th Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto June 2013.
• Best in other media award at the 50th Haliburton Arts and Craft Festival July 2013.


PUBLICATIONS
Artist Spotlight on CMA, Contemporary Mosaic Art, June 2014,
Artist Spotlight on CMA, Contemporary Mosaic Art, November 2012,

 

 

2017 Summer shows:

  • May,  Arta Gallery, in the heart of Toronto’s Historic Distillery District.
  • June 03, 04, Riverdale Art WalkJimmie Simpson Park 870 Queen St. East, Toronto ON.
  • June 25, Guelph Art on the street
  • July 14, 15, 16, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillip Square Toronto.
  • August 07, Oakville Art in the Park Show, site, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Oakville ON.
  • September 1,2,3,4 Distillery District Toronto
  • October 20,21,22 2017 Autumn Art Sale, McMichale Gallery, 
  • more dates coming.

 

April 2017

Carnegie Craft 2017 group show Carnegie gallery

 

For the winter 16-17 some of my mosaics are available at The Black Wall Gallery in Paris On. http://www.theblackwallgallery.ca

 

October 21

Come visit me at the annual McMichael Volunteer Committee’s signature fundraiser, the AUTUMN ART SALE, This year’s sale takes place the weekend of October 21 – 23, 2016.

read more on the website: http://mcmichaelvolunteers.com/autumn-art-sale/

 

2016 Summer shows:

  • Group show April, at the AMSTERDAM ARTSPACE RIVERDALE ARTWALK APRIL PREVIEW
  • June 04, 05, Riverdale Art WalkJimmie Simpson Park 870 Queen St. East, Toronto ON.
  • July 22, 23, 24 Haliburton Art & Craft Festival, Haliburton, ON.
  • August 01, Oakville Art in the Park Show, site, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Oakville ON.
  • August 12,13,14 Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, 1782 Lakehurst Road, Buckhorn,Google Mapsbuckhornfineart.com
  • September 09, 10, 11: Cabbagetown, Riverdale Park, 456 Sumach St. Toronto.
  • September 02, 03, 04, 05, Artfest Toronto Fine Art Show, at the Distillery District, Toronto.
  • October 21, 22, 23 McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Autumn Art Sale

 

 

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2015

  • May 16, June 07, Galleria Mentana, Firenze Italy, Spazi Aperti, International group show.
  • Currently on display at: Great Spirit  Gallery 2142A Queen St. E. Toronto.
  • June 06, 07, Riverdale Art Walk, booth 93,Jimmie Simpson Park 870 Queen St. East, Toronto ON.
  • June 13,14, Beaches Art & Craft Show,  booth 55, Kew Gardens Queen St. East, Toronto ON
  • July 10, Toronto Art Crawl, Toronto Entertainment District David Pecaut Square, 215 King St W. Toronto.
  • July 17, 18, 19, Muskoka Arts & Crafts, booth 108, Bracebridge, ON.
  • July 24, 25, 26 Haliburton Art & Craft Festival, Haliburton, ON.
  • August 03, Oakville Art in the Park Show, site, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Oakville ON.
  • September 04, 05, 06, 07, Artfest Toronto Fine Art Show, at the Distillery District.
  • September 12, 13, 14: Cabbagetown, Riverdale Park, 456 Sumach St. Toronto.
  • September 18, 19, 20, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, booth E31, Nathan Phillip Square Toronto.
  • Currently on display at: Great Spirit  Gallery 2142A Queen St. E. Toronto.

 

2014

  • March to June 2014: 4 mosaics on display from March to June 2014 at Snakes & Lattes, 600 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K4.
  • June 07, 08 2014: RAW, (juried), booth #23, Jimmie Simpson Park 870 Queen St. East, Toronto ON (map)
  • June 14, 15 2014: Beaches Art & Craft Show, (juried), booth #41, Kew Gardens Queen St. East, Toronto ON.
  • July 04, 05, 06 2014: Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, (juried), booth #E18 Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto.
  • July 18, 19, 20 2014: Muskoka Arts & Crafts, (juried), Bracebridge ON.
  • July 25, 26, 27 2014: Haliburton Art & Craft Festival, (juried), Haliburton, ON.
  • August 04 2014: Art in the Partk Show, (juried), booth #83, Located at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Bronte Road and Ontario Street, Oakville ON (map)
  • August 08: Toronto Art Crawl, (juried), Toronto Entertainment District David Pecaut Square, 215 King St W. Toronto,(map)
  • August 16,17 2014: Art Walk North, (juried), Mel Lastman Square, North York,Toronto.
  • September 5,6,7 2014: Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts. (juried), Riverdale Park, Toronto (map)
  • September 12,13,14: Queen West Art Crawl, (juried), located Trinity-Bellwoods Park (map), Toronto 
  • Currently on display at: Maplestone Gallery Creemore ON http://maplestonegallery.com/

 

2013

Dec 1, Dec 30: Don't miss our next members show at The Artists' Network Gallery @ Essentia. located at Essentia Showroom, 2180 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON. 
Over 70 unique artworks brought to you by members of the Artists’ Network. A perfect opportunity to find a perfect gift for the Holidays.

 

June 1, 2 2013: 15th annual Riverdale Art Walk, Jimmie Simpson Park 870 Queen St. East, Toronto ON

June 8, 9 2013:  Beaches Art & Craft Show,  Kew Gardens Queen St. East, Toronto ON 

July 19, 20, 21 2013: 51st annual Muskoka Arts and Craft,  Bracebridge ON

July 26, 27, 28 2013: 50th annual  Haliburton Art and Craft Festival, Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre Haliburton ON

Sept 14, 15: Danforth East Arts Fair

 

Currently on display at: Maplestone Gallery Creemore ON 


2012

Dec. 09 2012 Wychwood Barns Holiday Art Market, Toronto ON

Sept. 01 02 2012 Distillery District July Art Market, Toronto ON

June 30 July 01 2012 Distillery District Art Market, Toronto ON

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