Artist of the moment………Harry Bertoia



Harry Bertoia was a wonderful painter, furniture designer, printmaker, and kinetic sculptor. Bertoia was renown for working with metal wire and produced many smaller kinetic sculptures which resemble plants and trees.

These wonderful objects are brought more to life by a gentle breeze of wind. The period of time that Bertoia began to work with wire was in the 1950s when it was a brand new item.

Harry Bertoia was born in San Lorenzo, Pardenone, Italy in the year 1915. The artist first came to the United States when he was fifteen years old to visit a brother. The artist enjoyed the States so much he decided to stay and finish high school in the States. Bertoia attended the College for Creative Studies located in Detroit, Michigan.


In his works dealing with sound sculptures Bertoia was trying to capture the sounds and lines of nature. Here we take a closer look at some of his sound sculptures. This is a fantastic clip as it contains vintage footage of Bertoia playing his sound sculptures:

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for printsĀ to $250,000 for a large sound sculpture.

Here we check out some furniture designs by Bertoia. His most famous work in this area is the famed “diamond chair.” Bertoia gained a great deal financially from the production of his furniture designs.

What a wonderful artist and businessman.


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