Andrea Cagnetti aka Akelo

Andrea Cagnetti aka Akelo, was born in 1967 in Corchiano, a town built on the ruins of the legendary Etruscan city of Fescennia. Not only the place, but also the education will lead him to fulfill his destiny: to become an artist and master goldsmith. After a goldsmith experience, Akelo transfers the knowledge in the manufacture of iron sculptures. Small iron portions of different sections with which he builds trunks of figures that seem to have just emerged from an archaeological research. The artist overcomes the very concept of statuary and builds traces and bodies of human beings that let themselves be traversed by light and sight.

Dreaming #1 2009 Steel H 29,5 cm – L 131 cm – P 54 cm

The series of sculptures

His plastic research tends to develop in the context of figuration, where his sculpture is released from the concept of statuary. Freed from the yoke of the mass, Akelo’s sculptures develop into dynamic and airy volumes interpenetrated by light, in dialectic and osmotic relationship with the space that contains them. Akelo realizes his works using basic modular elements: he segments metal tubes and welds the resulting pieces, sometimes objectifying them chromatically. Akelo, in the wake of Leibniz’s thought, believes that the constitutive elements of everything, and therefore of all manifested matter (and not only), are a simple monad or a group of monads. Akelo’s sculptures, both anthropomorphic and those depicting “cosmic” gears, remind us that we are made of the same substance as dreams and stars.

The series of works “Wave functions”

The aesthetic and philosophical research of Akelo in recent years arrives on a particularly innovative trend, following some of the solicitations of science. From the beginning, the artist has been interested in the avant-garde movements of the twentieth century, in particular in the Spatialism of Lucio Fontana and Enrico Castellani and in the Kinetic Art, in their search for other dimensions and for the involvement of the spectator. Akelo’s most recent studies and experiments inspired by quantum mechanics are based on this. This is where the “wave function” comes into play. Indicated with the Greek letter Psi – Ψ) is a “complex” function, made up of “real” numbers and “imaginary” numbers that expresses a set of conditions that are both coexisting and overlapping in the so-called “space of possibilities” (“Hilbert space”) , so it does not measure the real state of a particle in a given instant, but only the “probability” that that electron is in that state at that moment. In this way, the artist promotes the visualization of the invisible energetic entities of quantum mechanics and does so with the complicity of light, which elaborates suggestive plots, where space-time enters the void, without beginning or end. Not surprisingly, Akelo chooses a metallic, shining, reflective surface, able to emphasize the impelling presence of energy waves, playing with the optical effects that the numerous concavities and convexity of the work provoke by bouncing the light in different nuances in the space. The works are luminous and fluid, and do not aspire only to the overcoming of the two-dimensionality or the three-dimensionality of the work of art, rather they penetrate the real, favoring a sort of full immersion in the meanders of another dimension.

Akelo’s works are part of permanent collections in the following Museums: Museum of Art and Archaeology, Missouri, Newark Museum – Newark, NJ, Museum of Fine Arts – Boston


Latest awards and honorable mentions


2019 Winner of the International art competition San Valentino Arte – Terni, Italy

2014 The work Babel becomes the cover of the book The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty by Erin Runions. Fordham University Press. [ISBN: 9780823257348] 2013 Cologni Foundation for the award Les Talents du Luxe et de la Création. 2011 Celebrationn of his 25 years of activity – Akelo’s Treasures, Bentley & Skinner – Royal Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. Awarded as Great Designer by the World Gold Council

2010 Robert Bresson Prize for the Venice Film Festival. Awarded directors:

2010, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; The brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; Ken Loach; Amos Gitai; Carlo Verdone; Mohsen Makhmalbaf; Andrei Konchalovsky.

2009 Publication for the prestigious magazine International Journal of Material Research. Edited by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde, Société Française de Métallurgie et de Matér iaux (SF2M) and Swiss Association for Materials Science and Technology (SVMT).

2005 Vicenza Gold Fair (Vicenzaoro) with the exhibition Akelo: the Etruscan gold shines again which illustrates his artistic and cultural contribution to the golsmith’s art

2004 Akelo: Golden Works 1994-2004 by Saatchi & Saatchi – Lupetti Editori [ISBN: 8883911075] 2002 The Artist creates a series of works for the Italian banking group Capitalia SpA