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Umberto Bellardi Ricci is an Italian sculptor and architect based in Brooklyn, practicing across New York, London and Mexico. His work revolves around the interplay of art and design while exploring the spatial aspects of sculpture and social sciences through the medium of architecture.
His most recent body of work rejuvenates and pushes abstraction to a fresh level. Simple monumental forms knit together a balance of complementary elements that appear to use more space than materials. Space is, after all, Bellardi Ricci’s ultimate material. Glass or marble juxtaposes with mundane materials such as I-beams or concrete. The works’ spatial precision and expansiveness alter the experiential nature of his pieces, allowing for certain complexities of structure and color.