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Join us for a talk with artist Ninos De Chammo to discuss his various art pieces that focus on the theme of Assyrian Genocide, Migration and Diaspora. This talk will be moderated by Helen Malko, an Anthropological Archaeologist.
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Meet the Speaker
Ninos De Chammo,
Artist & Sculptor
"I was chosen by Art. It’s not what I do-It’s who I am," said De Chammo. Assyrian born, he grew up living among the rich culture and history of Italy. At age 16, De Chammo started his apprenticeship in Florence where he first learned the skills of sculpting, painting and designing. For over seven years he mastered his trade in several schools, ateliers, and artisan shops. At the Academies and ateliers, De Chammo gained a profound understanding of the fine arts. He became proficient in creating frescos and monuments at Raymondo Riaci Atelier, discovering one of his greatest passions-Sculpting-at Bronzi De Firenze. There De Chammo worked as a professional sculptor, creating statues in Bronze A Cera Persa. He also worked in Bini Alfonso, the famous artisan shop, alongside the Japanese artist, Harwo Kinoshita. Under Florentine traditions, De Chammo created wood sculptures and Paper Mache Masks, as well as interior design and jewelry for Ponte Vecchio.
How to describe De Chammo's art? As a fusion of many cultures. From Gelgamesh’s immortality to Dante’s inferno, to Gibran’s philosophy, De Chammo's work bridges historical and cultural differences. Eternally inspired by the earth’s natural elements of fire and water, earth and sky, and life and death, his statues are an interactive message designed to raise the viewer’s spirits and expand their imagination.
As Michelangelo once stated, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Like Michelangelo, sculptor Nino De Chammo releases a mystical spirit while carving his works, producing utterly sumptuous marvels to behold. Their extensive meticulousness, their refined décor, and their daring, sensual shapes make them works certainly deserving of awe. Both substantial and subtle details continue to lure in the viewer as they admire Mr. De Chammo’s works. A visceral, corporeal relationship with Mr. De Chammo’s sculptures is established in looking. His works are so finely crafted ad the details so superior that it is a visual delight to view his works.
De Chammo’s works are certainly seen as a reflection of the Assyrian legacy and the Renaissance journey in Florence. The fine style, genius skill, and use of negative space can be compared to the great masterpieces. The shadows that are cast create a fourth dimension to Mr. De Chammo’s works, creating an ethereal quality which further adds to the transcendental realm that his series implies. Mr. De Chammo’s pieces are a coloration harping back to his roots. The artist’s figures are produced with an exquisite understanding of the human form, as he so accurately captures the body’s underlying muscles, the skin’s smooth texture, the hair’s flying waves. De Chammo’s heritage is certainly evident with his marvelous works of art continuing the tradition in a modern way.
De Chammo began his artistic career when he was 16 as an apprentice in Florence, Italy. It is there that he began to learn his skill sculpting, painting, and designing. A student at the Academies, his work has been featured in several galleries throughout Europe and the United States, and currently designs sterling silver jewelry in New York.