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ALFREDO PINA (ITALIAN, 1883-1966)

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There is some confusion about whether Alfredo Pina was born in 1883 or 1887, depending on which text is referenced. Most texts agree he was born in 1883 in Milan, Italy where he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. In 1906 he won the Gran Premio Nazionale for sculpture and continued to work and exhibit solely in Italy. Just before the First World War, he moved to Paris and set up a studio in Sceaux. There he was heavily influenced by the work of the modernists, most notably as a student of Auguste Rodin and Antoine Bourdelle.

He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français and became an Associate member in 1911. He became a jury member of the Salon d'Automne, where he would continue to exhibit regularly. He presented two bronzes cast by the foundry Montagutelli at the Salon of 1914, one a statuette of La Douleur and the second a group  of Victor Hugo. Starting in 1920 he began to exhibit at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants and at the Salon des Tuileries. He also presented his work internationally, most notably in New York City. In 1922 he moved permanently to Mesves, France and became a naturalized French citizen.

Artist Listings & Bibliography:

  • E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. X, Gründ, 2006, p. 1458-59
  • Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: A Dictionary of Sculptors, Pierre Kjellberg, 1994, p 545-547
  • The Dictionary of Western Sculptors in Bronze, James Mackay, 1977, p. 299
  • Alfredo Pina, Gaston de Pawlowski, 1929