“Each pattern and combination of the various gemstone shapes creates a different refraction of light. Mathematics and chaos alternate in my work, living together as they do in the universe.”
Contemporary Italian artist Stefano Curto works with crystals and minerals painstakingly assembled by hand to create sensual, luminous artworks of magnificent universality. Referring to Op Art in the geometry of his mandalas and intertwining the cosmic with the symbolic, he meticulously incorporates thousands of gems onto Plexiglas canvases, creating works comparable to the luminous stained glass windows of Italian Gothic churches. His collections are linked to Venice’s historical dominance in glass making and ask questions about human philosophies and mystical perceptions.