Maria Rosa Franzin was born in Libya in 1951 but now lives and works in Padua, Italy. She studied goldsmithing at the “Piero Selvatico” Institute of Art in Padua under Mario Pinton and then painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Venice. She has been teaching jewellery design and goldsmithing at the Padua Institute of Art since 1986. Her work has been shown in several solo and prestigious group exhibitions in Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, The Netherlands, USA, Spain, Switzerland, Scotland, France, Germany, Portugal and Ireland, in private galleries and museums. She was represented in the first edition of Pensieri Preziosi in Padua in 2004, and at Collect 2006 at the V&A Museum, London. Her work is present in the permanent collection of the Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts in Padua and Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti, Florence.
“Thinking about the object, sketching her thoughts and then letting time pass to encourage them to become concrete shapes. My pieces are the result of a close confrontation between thought expression in terms of signs and its actual translation into three- dimensional objects by working flat metal plate.
The pictorial instinct is in the way shapes and in the implementation phase, become graphic signs, a brushstroke, mark, scratch, specks on the “skin” of metal.
Steel wire provides a means for translating these graphic marks.
Pictorial traces are outlined on the surface of the metal, abstract compositions where gold veins emerge from oxidized silver plated or surfaces are marked by tiny traces”.