The realm of creativity is the realm of all things - all things, that is, regarded in ways they have not been thought of before Peter Frank, Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles
Emilio Cavallini was born in San Miniato, Pisa in 1945. In the mid-sixties he dedicated himself to his greatest passions: fashion and art, and his work emerged in an innovative and original way. In the late sixties he went to London and collaborated with Mary Quant on her stocking collections. Emilio Cavallini reinvented the idea of pantyhose, drawing his inspiration from contemporary art, and stockings became an elegant accessory that redefined women.
Through the years, his innovative style has lead him to collaborate with Mary Quant, Dior, Cé line, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Gucci. Celebrities were very supportive of his work: Madonna, Beyoncé , Lady Gaga and many more were spotted wearing Emilio Cavallini hosiery or ready to wear. Emilio Cavallini's designer career lead him to navigate artistic circles, especially in the United States. While he gained notoriety as a designer in the fashion world, he started to create important artworks to fulfill his own personal interests. A few years ago, in 2010, he decided to devote himself exclusively to his art and to make it public.
Emilio Cavallini uses unconventional materials for his art, materials borrowed from the fashion world: nylon yarns, printed fabrics, his own tights, yarn's reels etc. His artistic research is founded on geometry and mathematics: dots, lines, squares, triangles, circles are settled in a 3D environment. Everything follows combinatorial principles, permutations, growth algorithms and the most recent mathematical-geometrical theories, as you can see from his artworks titles. Emilio Cavallini's artistic path follows important art movements of the second half of the 1900's from the Kinetic Art to the Generative Art. In February 2011 the Triennale Expo in Milan presented a large retrospective of his work entitled Transguration.
In 2015 his artworks were shown at the gallery "Rosai e Ugolini" in New
York, at "Opera Gallery" in Paris and at "Galleria Valmore" in Vicenza, Italy.
In the 2016 he exposed at "GR Gallery" in New York.
Emilio Cavallini artistic path was outlined in the book Magnicent Obsession curated by Benedetta Barzini, published by Skira.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Rosai Ugolini Modern - New York, United States
Opera Gallery - Paris, France
Galleria Valmore - Vicenza, Italy
GR Gallery - New York, United States
The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles - Los Angeles, United States
Castello di Belgioioso - Pavia, Italy
Galleria Novecento di Palazzo Sarcinelli - Conegliano, Italy
I A & A at Hillyer - Washington, United States
GR Gallery 255 Bowery - New York, United States
62 rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008 Paris
Valmore studio d’arte
Contrà Porta S. Croce 14 - 36100 Vicenza
Rosai Ugolini modern
48 Orchard Street - 10002 New York
255 Bowery - 10002 New York
Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles
Evoluzione di Fibre filate di Calze
Castello di Belgioioso, Pavia
at I A & A at Hillyer
in collaboration with The Embassy of Italy
& The Italian Cultural Institute in Washington D.C.
Mostra Palazzo Sarcinelli
Conegliano (TV) Italy
255 Bowery - 10002 New York
The arithmetic rigor and Geometric harmony are my main sources of inspiration, the collections have their names in admiration and trust in mathematical concepts and procedures