Andrea Roggi was born in Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, in 1962. He began to cultivate some of his many interests from his adolescence, including painting and poetry, until he gradually approached sculpture. He deepened his sculptural technique by briefly attending the studio of the artist Enzo Scatragli, also a native son of Castiglion Fiorentino. The event that marked Andrea Roggi's artistic turning point was his visit to the Santa Maria Novella Cathedral in Florence, where he was literally enchanted by the strong plastic effect of the La Trinità (Trinity) fresco by the Renaissance painter and his fellow countryman Masaccio. In 1991 he founded the artistic workshop "La Scultura di Andrea Roggi", where he creates his own works and, with the help of his assistants, is able to create sculptures rich in detail and large in size. Bronze is in fact his material, with the rite of lost wax casting he is able to masterfully transform clay models into true masterpieces. In 2017, fascinated by the impressive quarries surrounding the town of Pietrasanta, the artist began to devote himself to creating works of art in marble. At the end of the 1990s, he became the promoter of the Art for Young movement, the aim of which is to awaken in young people a passion for art in all its forms. The artistic movement then led to the creation of the Parco della Creatività (Creativity Park) project, where it reached its maximum expression. In 2000, Roggi began a fruitful collaboration with the University of Georgia, based in Cortona, and the University of Texas, based in Castiglion Fiorentino, where he held seminars and courses on various sculptural techniques. In the early 2000s he was attracted by the intellectual fascination of Pier Francesco Greci (a leading figure in the Tuscan cultural scene) and his theories on the art of Piero della Francesca. His public works are numerous in Italy - mainly located in Tuscany and Umbria - and abroad. His works are collected in many countries around the world, and he has participated in national and international exhibitions, including Grand Hall Olympia, London; Ahoy, Rotterdam; Grand Palais, Paris; Forum Grimaldi, Monaco; Oishi Gallery and Fukuoka City Museum in Japan.
The sculptor recently created a work entitled Albero della Pace (Tree of Peace) for Via dei Georgofili in Florence to commemorate the victims of the 1993 Mafia massacre. At 4.40 metres high, it represents an anthropomorphic bronze olive tree with its roots clearly visible underneath, a symbol of the close connection between past and present, made using the lost wax casting technique, dynamic casting and fire patina. The creation of the sculpture was promoted by the Accademia dei Georgofili and the City of Florence to replace the olive tree previously placed on the corner of Via Lambertesca and Via dei Georgofili (for the first time in 1996) significantly in this place of historical memory. The work was unveiled during the inauguration ceremony in the presence of the city authorities, including the Mayor of the City of Florence, Dario Nardella, and the Councillor for Culture, Tommaso Sacchi. The Tree of Peace by Andrea Roggi takes on an important symbolic value, pursuing those ideals of love and hope that have always characterised the production of the Master from Cortona.
The sculptor will be present at the 13th Florence Biennale as Guest of Honour, and on this occasion he will exhibit four of his works. Three of them will be located inside the Fortezza da Basso: Fecunditas (bronze, lost wax casting and fire patina, 270 cm high, 2019), Insieme per un Nuovo Mondo (Together for a New World - bronze, dynamic casting and fire patina, 100 cm diameter, 2021), Le nostre Radici per un Nuovo Mondo (Our Roots for a New World - bronze, lost wax casting, dynamic casting and fire patina, 330 cm high, 2020). A fourth sculpture entitled La Vita in un Bacio (Life in a Kiss - 130x140x130 cm), while being an integral part of the event, will be housed in Aquaflor's atelier in Borgo Santa Croce, Florence. Like the works of the other participating artists, Roggi's works focus on the theme of femininity, which identifies this edition of the Florence Biennale.
"I am extremely flattered to have been asked to participate in the 13th edition of the Florence Biennale with my works. I believe that the theme of femininity, which has always been very topical, should be analysed and emphasised, especially in the art world today. I hope that my sculptures can convey a positive message and pay homage to the female figure, around which several of my works revolve".