The RAY Chair Shines at the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco

The current Art exhibit  (“.it Italian Art Today”) at the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco features eight Italian Contemporary Artists working in various mediums ranging from video, photography, design and painting. I had a chance to attend the opening reception last week and talk with one of the Artists, Antonio Pio Saracino.  Antonio splits his time between New York City and Rome and describes his inspirations as truly Trans-Global.

Reception for the Opening of ".it Italian Art Today" exhibit at Italian Cultural Institute in San Francico

Reception for the Opening of ".it Italian Art Today" exhibit at Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco

Antonio is an Artist, Designer and Architect and was showing his furniture designs called the Ray Chair and Ray Sofa.  I caught up with Antonio during the exhibit and asked him about how he came up with this unique design and what inspired him.  Listen to what he had to say about both:  Artist Antonio Pio Saracino talks about The Ray Chair

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The Ray Sofa designed by Artist, Antonio Pio Saracino

Antonio Pio Saracino sitting in The Ray Chair at the exhibit.

Antonio Pio Saracino sitting in The Ray Chair at the exhibit.

Antonio also talked about the house he designed for the Australian diver Matt Mitcham, who won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  He talked about his design, which was recently accepted by the European Parliament for a monument made from recycled paper called “Arc of Triumph”.  The monument will be built in 2011 and serve as a gateway to the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.  Listen below as Antonio describes the design for the “Diver’s House” and his design concept for his monumental symbolic gateway: Artist, Antonio Pio Saracino talks about his architect designs

Antonio Pio Saracino's design of the "Diver's House" in Sydney, Australia.

Antonio Pio Saracino's design of the "Diver's House" in Sydney, Australia.

Antonio Pio Saracino's "Arc of Triumph" design to be built for the European Parliament in Brussels in 2011.

Antonio Pio Saracino's "Arc of Triumph" design to be built for the European Parliament in Brussels in 2011.

I encourage you to take sometime out of your day to experience the Ray Chair and these eight innovative Italian Artists’ exhibit located at the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco (425 Washington Street, Ste 200) from April 13th to May 31st.

The exhibit is Free and in walking distance from North Beach, so you can grab a cappuccino after the exhibit. For more information about the Italian Cultural Institute and this exhibit, visit the website:  www.sfiic.org

And for more information on Antonio Pio Saracino’s work, visit his website: www.antoniopiosaracino.com