Lucio Bubacco

Lucio Bubacco

Lucio Bubacco was born on the island of Murano in 1957. At fifteen, he received his artisan’s license and began marketing Venetian lampwork collectibles. In 1980, he began studying anatomical drawing with the Venetian artist Alessandro Rossi and figures in movement became a central theme of his work, transcending traditional application of lampworking. His work has been selected for numerous solo exhibitions around the world including Habatat Galleries in Chicago, IL; Museo del Vidrio in Monterrey, Mexico; Hakone Venetian Glass Art Museum in Otaru, Japan; and Muriel Karasik Gallery in New York. Collections including his work can be found at the Museum of Art and Design, New York; Museo del Vetro in Italy; Musée Atelier du Verre in France; and Glasmuseum Frauenauand in Germany, among others.

Murano born and trained Venetian artist Lucio Bubacco merges traditional glass forms with three-dimensional sculpture to create a matrix of a living force encased in glass. Bubacco is a frequent visiting artist at WheatonArts, a Creative Glass fellow in 1993 and a returning artist to demonstrate in the Glass Studio during special events. He brings along his vast knowledge of the many techniques of glassmaking and his arsenal of multicultural iconography and forms. 

50th Anniversary Visiting Artists
The Eternal Moments 1, The Eternal Moments 2, and Faces of Pompeii display his cross-cultural infusion of the past and the present. Referencing the Ruins of Pompeii, these pieces were made in Lafayette, Indiana, an American location where traditional Italian techniques were used to create these contemporary art pieces.

Lucio Bubacco, The Pompeii Series. Three clear relief glass sculptures: a woman, a face, and a man, mounted to stand.
Left to right: The Eternal Moments 1; Faces of Pompeii; The Eternal Moments 2 (from the Pompeii Series), 2019. Collection of the artist. Photo: Diego Lazzarini