Andrea Cagnetti – known as Akelo (from "Acheloo", Greek waters divinity) – is an Italian sculptor, designer and goldsmith. Many publications and reviews have been already dedicated to Akelo. They all emphasize not only his talent and originality, but also the value of his researches.
Born in 1967 in Corchiano (Viterbo), a village built over the ancient ruins of the Etruscan city of Fescennia, where the Etruscan people culture is still alive. From 2010 to 2016, he realizes a bronze sculpture Hope for the Robert Bresson Prize, for the Venice Film Festival (Directors awarded: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; Ken Loach; Amos Gitai; Carlo Verdone; Mohsen Makhmalbaf; Andrei Konchalovsky).
Akelo’s works have been acquired by important Museums and private collections, such as the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, the Newark Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston.
Among Prizes and Awards are the San Valentino Arte – Terni (2019), Les Talents du Luxe et de la Création Award by the Cologni Foundation (2013), in 2011 he has been awarded Great Designer by the World Gold Council.