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October 05, 2012

Italian Department Presents Artist/Sculptor Sandro Bonaiuto

(Painesville, Ohio) – The Italian Department will present a lecture by artist and sculptor Sandro Bonaiuto on October 5 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Coe Conference Room in the Arthur S. Holden Center.

Born in Cleveland, Bonaiuto and his brother traveled to Europe after the death of their parents in the early sixties. Studying Italian and music in Assisi and Perugia, he returned to Rome, finding employment at the Embassy of Pakistan, Roma as an official translator. During this period, Bonaiuto studied restoring and sculpting with fellow artist Marcello Lanci.

Later he studied in Faenza (Faience), the city of ceramics. He was noticed by the city fathers and commissioned to create a larger than life nativity which was presented to Pope John Paul II as a gift from the city. It is now included in the Vatican collection.

Bonaiuto then attended the University of Bologna’s Academy of Fine Arts, studying with sculptor Graziano Pompili; he completed the academy in 1987. After a family tragedy, he returned to the United States and now works in Cleveland and surrounding areas.

During 2003-2006, Bonaiuto created works with the Monterey Sculpture Center in California and had works sold by the Christopher Clark Galleries in San Francisco, Calif. He is currently creating a monument of major Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

The lecture is presented free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Paola Basile at


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