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Rita Marcangelo


I am fascinated by the idea of transforming a material in such a way that it becomes unrecognizable. I like to work with a material to the point that it is transformed and acquires a different aspect from its original appearance. I am constantly searching for more extreme possibilities and new ways of expression through the material I use.
I almost get to the point where I am looking to achieve the decomposition of the matter that goes beyond simple transformation and reaches a pure state of metamorphosis.

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Born: 1965

1988 BA Hons. Degree, Thames Valley University, London, UK

Professional experience
since 1992    freelance jewellery designer/maker
2004 Co-founder of “AGC Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo”, the Italian contemporary jewellery association
2004-2010 Chairman of AGC, Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo, Italy

Numerous exhibitions in United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Norway, Slovenia, Latvia, Japan, USA

2008 Private Collection, A
2009 Private Collection, A
2011 Alice & Louis Koch Collection of Rings
2011 Collezione Permanente Fondazione Cominelli, San Felice del Benaco, IT
2012 Olnick-Spanu Collection, NY, USA
2013 Private Collection, Barcelona, SP
2013 Olnick-Spanu Collection, NY, USA
2014 Private Collection, IT

2012 3rd Prize, “Premio Cisotto” jewellery competition, Padua, selected by Mirella Cisotto Nalon and Claudio Ranfagni

Related Information
-    2003/2008 Member of the jury for competition of young silver and goldsmiths “Desideri Preziosi”, organized by the Rome Chamber of Commerce
-    2006 curated exhibition Contemporary Jewellery from Italy, touring to galleries in UK, Poland, Spain, USA, Italy
-    June 2007 - Lecture c/o Flow Gallery, London – Contemporary Jewellery from Italy
-    May 2008 – Speaker in conference “Siamo Qui”, Palazzo del Cinquecento, Florence, organized by Alchimia Jewellery School
-    November 2008 – Held conference, Museo  Etnografico del Friuli - museo friulano delle arti e tradizioni popolari, Palazzo Giacomelli, Udine
-    December 2008 – web conference to students of AFEDAP, Paris
-    March 2009 – visiting lecturer Alchimia, Florence
-    2009 Speaker in conference Museo delle Arti di Nocciano, Pescara
-    2010 Member of the jury for IED Roma (Istituto Europeo di Design) for degree papers
-    2011 Member of the jury for selection of participants to the exhibition Mediterraneo, Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo di Villa Henderson,  Livorno
-    since 2012 curator of the permanent jewellery collection Fondazione Cominelli, San Felice del Benaco IT
-    2012 Speaker in conference organized by Kolding School of Design, Denmark on Memory in Design
-    2013 Took part in workshop “Weekend con il gioiello”, critical analisis of jewellery
-    2012-13-14 member of the Jury for the Fondazione Cominelli contemporary jewellery awards