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Paul Cacioli

Paul Cacioli, Ph.D.

Paul Cacioli Blacksmith Sculptor

Paul Cacioli, Melbourne Sculptor

My youth was spent in Melbourne but later travelled for 14 years overseas throughout South East Asia, Europe and the USA.

It was in the USA that I began the exploration of my artistic side with papier mache. My first works focused on mythical and imaginary creatures as they have always held a fascination for me. On my return to Australia I was able to pursue my interest in sculpting. I attended life sculpting classes run by Matchum Skipper. Although I enjoyed working with clay I wanted to explore other mediums and took classes in lost wax casting (bronze) with Jason Waterhouse.

Casting bronze led to a desire to work with metal and an opportunity arose where I could learn the basic skills of blacksmithing. I continue to work as a blacksmith to date but combine other materials such as wood, stone and glass with the metal. I especially enjoy utilizing discarded metal and giving it new life.

The artists that have influenced me are H.R. Giger, Salvador Dali, Antoni Gaudi and Shawn Tan. The amazing photography of Karl Blossfeldt has also been an inspiration. I don’t enjoy straight lines and love the organic flow of nature.

I am currently a member of the Mont De Lancey Blacksmiths, the Association of Sculptors of Victoria, and the Contemporary Artists Society of Victoria.

Awards:

  1. Association of Sculptors of Victoria Annual & Awards Exhibition 2012, First Prize (Andor Meszaros Prize), for exhibitors with less than 10years exhibiting experience. Sculpture: Birds on a Fence
  2. Association of Sculptors of Victoria Annual & Awards Exhibition 2012, Coates & Wood Award, Open section. Sculpture: Rush
  3. Finalist, The Nillumbik Prize 2012. Sculpture: Patient 881956
  4. Finalist, The Nillumbik Prize 2013. Sculpture: Watching
  5. Collins Street Baptist Church, Feast, Pray, Love Exhibition, Special Mention. Sculpture Fish Bowl.
  6. Finalist, Tessalaar Sculpture Prize, Sculpture Among the Tulips, 2012, Sculpture: Out of Place
  7. Finalist, Tessalaar Sculpture Prize, Sculpture Among the Tulips, 2013, Sculpture: Three Sisters Dancing
  8. Finalist, Tessalaar Sculpture Prize, Sculpture Among the Tulips, 2014, Sculpture
  9. Finalist Collins Street Baptist Church, Feast, Pray, Love Exhibition 2014
  10. Finalist Collins Street Baptist Church, Feast, Pray, Love Exhibition 2015

 

Exhibitions:

  1. Association of Sculptors of Victoria Annual & Awards Exhibition, The light Factory, Eltham, 2011
  2. Herring Island Summer Arts Festival , ASV, 2011
  3. Association of Sculptors of Victoria Annual & Awards Exhibition, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Collingwood, 2012
  4. Herring Island Summer Arts Festival , ASV, 2012
  5. Herring Island Summer Arts Festival , ASV, 2013
  6. Contemporary Artist Society, Art at Burnley Harbour, 2012
  7. Contemporary Artist Society, annual Exhibition, 2013
  8. Contemporary Artist Society, Art at Burnley Harbour, 2014
  9. Herring Island Summer Arts Festival , CAS, 2013
  10. Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition, 2013
  11. Vere Apothecary Artshub, I was Inspired… Exhibtion, 2013
  12. Vere Apothecary Artshub, The Ark, Exhibtion, 2012
  13. Vere Apothecary Artshub, The Garden of Eden, Exhibition 2011
  14. International Melbourne Flower and Garden Show ,2012
  15. International Melbourne Flower and Garden Show ,2013
  16. International Melbourne Flower and Garden Show ,2014
  17. International Melbourne Flower and Garden Show ,2015
  18. On the front cover of “Hephaistos”, Internationale Zeitschrift Fur Metallgestalter, 9/10, 2012
  19. Article featured in “Hephaistos”, Internationale Zeitschrift Fur Metallgestalter, 11/12, 2012
  20. Work showcased in “Hephaistos”, Internationale Zeitschrift Fur Metallgestalter, 1/2 , 2013
  21. Association of Sculptures of Victoria and Kinross Arts Centre Exhibtion, 2013.
  22. Association of Sculptures of Victoria Annual Exhibiton, 2015

 

Aims and Objectives:

My true aim is to enjoy what I do. My art is in the moment, which is seldom fully planned and I let it lead me.

JK works