Gambone, Guido

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Guido Gambone is born in Montella, province of Avellino in Italy on June 27, 1909. He moves in his childhood with his parents to Vietri. After finishing high school he began his relationship with ceramics, working at the factory "Avallone" , owned by Don Ciccio Avallone, first as an apprentice, then as a painter and then Chief painter. He completed his education at the "M.A.C.S." (Artistic Ceramics Manufactory Salernitana) in properties, such as "I.C.S." (Industria Ceramica Salernitana), where he works a few years. 

Working at these factories came into contact with the so called "German potters colony" active at Vietri (Richard Dolker, Irene Kowaliska, etc.) assimilating the style.

 Attentive to all artistic changes of his time very young approaches the current Valori Plastici.

 In 1930 he was invited to exhibit her ceramics, made to manufacture "Avallone", at the Milan Triennale. In 1933, due to a serious car accident suffered amputation of a limb.

Around the mid-thirties his interest turns to the new Roman painters Group composed of Corrado Cagli, Capogrossi and Emanuele Cavalli.

 In 1935 he was Artistic Director at the I.C.S. "and in 1936 was transferred, along with Vincenzo Procida and Francesco Solimene, in Florence at the factory for the production of artistic ceramics" Cairo "with which Melamerson signed an agreement of collaboration.

 In the same year he married Concetta Pierro.

 At the "Cairo" carries Vietri-style production but strongly influenced by the metaphysical paintings of Massimo Campigli and Noucentisme Gio Ponti.

Enriched by the Florentine experience and influenced by research on plastic and glassy glaze colourism of Max Laeuger, in 1939 back to Vietri, to manufacture "I.C.S." and here comes into contact with the ceramist sardo Melchiorre Melis remaining uninfluenced .

 In the 1940s, opened a small Manufactory in right but the war stops abruptly.

 In the immediate postwar years Guido Gambone, together with his brother Remigio and friend Andrea D'arienzo founded a ceramics Manufactory with name "Faenzarella" and, aside from the ceramic art, began to produce simple artifacts, devoid or nearly decorum and intended to replace the indispensable Cookware lost during the war.

 With the "Faenzarella" works in those years also Vincenzo Procida.

 At the same time, in order to survive, are working in Marina di Vietri at ex Melamerson factories taken over by Negri.

 Slowly the "Faenzarella" back to produce ceramic art getting a slow but growing success and in the years 1947 and 1948 some artifacts made by Gabriel under the brand of "Faenzarella" (a donkey) take part, winning, at Faenza prize.

 In 1947, with the ceramic Panel the Republic of Italian workers, WINS for the first time the Faenza Prize, prize that he was awarded in 1948, with bowl with ornate abstract, ex aequo with a flask of Anselmo Bucci in ' 49, with the flask entitled La faenzar Ella, in ' 59 with Cup and vase graffito and in ' 60 with plastic shape and rust brown and Brown and white vase.



It is shown that cooperation, in recent years, Guido Gambone with "Bagiardi Furnaces" in San Giovanni Valdarno (AR)

 In 1949 gets the first prize at the Premio Nine banished by Ente Fiera di Vicenza.

 In 1950 Gabriel he moved permanently to Florence and, together with his friend Andrea D'arienzo and after a stint at "Cairo" where sports production some works inspired by the production of Ponti, founds the company "Tirrena", with which also collaborate Vincenzo Procida, Luli Moriondo and the son of Guido, Bruno Gambone.

 In 1950 he was invited to exhibit some of his works, including a plate entitled Madonna and child, the Italian handicraft exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and that same year he participated, not competing, the Faenza prize.

In 1951 he presented his first solo show at Galleria Il Milione in Milan.

 In 1959 is the first prize in the competition of Faenza, in 1960 gets a gold medal at the Biennale della Ceramica in Gubbio and in 1962 he won the first prize in the competition of Gualdo Tadino.

 The company remains in effect until 1967. Painter, sculptor and ceramist

 Guido Gambone died in Florence in 1969.

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