Vivid and refined, the glass sculptural work of Orfeo Quagliata balances the form and function of high design with the expressiveness of fine art.
A master of his craft, Quagliata pays equal attention to the sublime qualities of his chosen material as to its emotive power. The various techniques he has developed are a testament to the depth of his exploration into the medium and the expansiveness of his creative thinking. It is a career long-fascination of organic shapes, wild color, and provocation regarding the functionality of sculpture in contemporary urban settings. Quagliata lives and works in Mexico City, his home since 2000.
Orfeo Quagliata is an industrial designer and founder of Studio Orfeo Quagliata. He brings more than two decades of experience with glass blending design with a dedication to craftsmanship. Born in San Francisco in 1972, Orfeo Quagliata is the son of acclaimed glass artist Narcissus Quagliata, a leading figure in the 1960s American Studio Glass Movement. Orfeo was attracted to glass from an early age and began working as his father's apprentice at 12. The two continued to work together on various projects over the years including the design and fabrication of a crystal apex dome for the last architectural work of Michelangelo—the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome. Prior to college, Orfeo apprenticed in Spain under Catalonian glass artist José Fernandez Castrillo, where he learned cold-working techniques that have become a cornerstone in his work today. He later returned to San Francisco to study industrial and furniture design at California College of the Arts (CCA), earning a BFA with high distinction in 1999. Orfeo's eclectic design approach points to early influences drawn from his father's work and also his grandmother, an award-winning jewelry designer in an collective, founded by Gustav Klimt. Orfeo currently lives and works in Mexico City, his home since 2000.