Mauro Bonaventura

Mauro Bonaventura
(Venice )

Nationality: Italian


Mauro Bonaventura was born in Venice in 1965.

At 18 he graduated with a diploma in electronics. In his search for a job, fate and providence gave him an opportunity to become an apprentice in the age-old tradition of Venetian glassblowing. Right from the start, he fell in love and was mesmerised with the incandescent quality of glass. 

His career began with learning the techniques of glassblowing and glass decoration and to date he still remains in the glassmaker's trade. It was a turning point for Mauro in 1992 when he was fortunate to be invited by a glass maestro to observe him in lampworking. After months of evening observation and practice with the maestro Mauro Bonaventura decided it was time to leave the glass factory and concentrate and channel all his energies on the technique of lampworking. 

Mauro set up his own studio to become a full time independent artist and had an urgent need to satisfy his creative pursuits in the field of sculpturing work. In order to achieve this aim, he enrolled in the "Liceo" in Venice which specialises in art like drawing, sculpture, painting and anatomy. 

In the subsequent course of his lampworking career we have seen Mauro Bonaventura's artistic development growing from strength to strength with his life-like figures often encased in intricate network of cages or spheres. 

He continues to hone his skills and perfect his mastery of the medium of glass to create outstanding and thought-provoking art pieces.

Participates in many exhibitions mainly in the United States and is published in numerous magazines and catalogues of art newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Gas Journal, Glashaus, Art & Art, New Glass Review, Corriere della Sera and other.

His works are in Corning Museum of glass, Carnegie Museum of Art, Glass Museum Alter Hof Herding, Hida Takayama Museum of Art and other museum and galleries all over the world.




Lampwork is a branch of glass processing carried out by means of a burner, commonly called "torch" in which oxygen and methane gas (but also alternatively also propane) are mixed to obtain a correct combustion so as to obtain a flame quite " hot ", inside which glass rods (semi-finished) can be melted, (attention melted not dissolved) and the manual skill of the worker will cause those same sticks to become more or less elaborate glass objects. To be sure not to incur unpleasant "breakages", is necessary to rely on a glass tempering furnace, the kiln. These are equipped with thermocontrollers and can follow the perfect annealing of the glass.


2017  Civic Museum Parisi Valle in Maccagno, Italy. "Il Bandolo dell'Arte"

2017 Open Borders. Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy. PERSONAL STRUCTURES

2017 4th International Denizli glass biennal Denizli, Turkey. 

2016 Museum of glass. Murano, Italy. "Murano oggi. Le eccellenze del vetro contemporaneo". 

2016 Museo civico di Sansepolcro. Arezzo, Italy. Biennale d’arte del vetro contemporaneo. 

2016 Villa dei Vescovi. Luvigliano, Italy.  GLASS. Arte del vetro oggi. 

2016 Art Karlsruhe. Karlsruhe, Germany. 

2016 Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair. London, UK. 

2015 Red dot art fair Miami. FL, Usa. 

2015 Contemporary Istanbul. Istanbul, Turkey. 

2015 Art Basel. Berengo Studio. Miami, FL. Usa. 

2015 Berengo Studio. Chicago, IL. Usa. 

2015 Glass Weekend at Wheaton Arts. NJ, Usa.

2015 Gotika. Venice, Italy. 

2015 Il vetro a lume nel XXI° secolo. Murano, Italy.

2015 Palm Beach County Convention Center. Miami, FL. Usa. 

2015 American International Fine art Fair. Miami, FL. Usa. 

2014 Palm Beach Jewelry Art & Antique. Palm Beach, FL. Usa. 

2014 Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. Karlsruhe, Germany. 

2013 AIFAF 2013 West Palm Beach. FL. Usa.

2013  Berengo Studio. Chicago, IL. Usa. 

2013 Art Palm Beach. Berengo Studio. Palm Beach. FL, Usa. 

2013 Cologne fine art. Cologne, Germany.

2012 Venice Projects. Mauro Bonaventura “Reticola-Mente”. Venice, Italy. 

2011 Berengo Studio. Chicago, IL. Usa. 

2011 International Fine Art Expositions. Naples, FL. Usa. 

2011 Glas Kunst. Kulturhaus. Kilb, Österreich. 

2010 Flander Expo. Gent, Belgium. 

2010 Glass Museum Alter Hof Herding. Contemporary lamp glass. Coesfeld, Germany. 

2009 Flander Expo. Gent, Belgium. 

2009 Caffè Florian Venice. Mauro Bonaventura 'Lunettes'. Venice, Italy.

2009 Berengo Studio. Chicago, IL. Usa. 

2009 Berengo Art Gallery. Open art fair. Utrecht, Holland. 

2007 Cheongju International Craft Biennale. Cheongju City, Korea. 

2007 Canergie Museum of Modern Art. Viva Vetro! Glass Alive! Pittsburgh, PA. Usa. 

2007 Inspiration Italian Murano Glass art. Burgdorf, Schwitzerland. 

2007 Vetro d' Artista. Palazzo Congressi. Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. 

2007 Namseoul University. 9th international workshop. Seoul, Korea. 

2007 Palm Beach Country Convention Center. West Palm Beach, FL. Usa. 

2006 Glass Art Society. 36th Annual GAS Conference. St Louis, MO. Usa. 

2005 Pharmaka Gallery. Venice II Venice. Los Angeles, CA, Usa. 

2005 The ABC of Glass. Mostly Glass Gallery. NJ, USA.

2005 Passeggiata effimera. Palazzo del Turismo. Montegrotto Terme, Italy. 

2005 V&A Gallery. Pas De Deux. Mauro Bonaventura e Pino Signoretto. Venice, Italy. 

2004 Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti. VETRI. NEL MONDO. OGGI. Venice, Italy. 

2004 Musèe de l' Outil. La Puissance du Verre. 1ère biennale internationale. Troyes, France. 

2003 Goblets,whimsical & functional. Englewood. NJ, USA. 

2003 Contemporary and traditional italian glass art. Melville, NJ. Usa.

2003 International art fair.  Palm Beach, FL. Usa.

2003 Craft Alliance. Eclectic goblet.  St. Louis, MO. Usa. 

2002 Sable V Gallery. A gatering of glass. Winberly, TX, Usa.

2002 Glass Art Society. 32nd Annual GAS Conference. Amsterdam, Holland. 

2002 International Art Fair Art in Multiple Media. Palm Spring, CA, USA.


Corning Museum of Glass
Carnegie Museum of Art
Glass Museum Alter Hof Herding
Hida Takayama Museum of Art

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