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Dionisio Cimarelli

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Nationality  Italian
Role  Sculptor
Name  Dionisio Cimarelli
Style  Figurative Sculpture
Notable work  Matteo Ricci

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Born  1965Jesi, Italy

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Dionisio Cimarelli (born September 8, 1965 in Jesi, Italy) is an Italian sculptor known for contemporary figurative sculptures in Chinese porcelain and a sculpture of Matteo Ricci. He currently teaches at the New York Academy of Art and at The Art Students League of New York in New York City.


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Early life

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Dionisio Cimarelli was born in Jesi, Italy. At the age of 7, his family moved to Moie di Maiolati Spontini, Italy. In 1975, he was awarded first prize for a painting entered in Premio Natale, an art contest for primary school students.


In 1983, Cimarelli earned a diploma in sculpture at Liceo artistico Edgardo Mannucci (formerly Istituto Statale d'Arte “E. Mannucci”) in Ancona, Italy.

In 1989, he graduated in sculpture from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Carrara, Italy. To collect information for his thesis, in 1986 Dionisio traveled to China on the Trans-Siberian Railway to China. The trip was made possible by a letter of invitation from the sculptor Floriano Bodini, then president of the school. In 1988, an article describing Cimarelli’s one-year trip was published in Tuttoturismo magazine.

In 1994, Cimarelli was awarded a diploma in sculpture at Scola prufesciunela per la artejanat artistich (School of specialization in sculpture of wooden figure) in Sëlva di Val Gardena, Italy. In 1995, he enrolled at the University of Paris in Paris, France. In 1997, he studied with sculptor Mikhail Anikushin at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1998, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic.


Abstract Cimarelli’s began his career creating abstract anthropomorphic shapes inspired by surrealism. From 1983-1990, he produced works in terracotta, wood, bronze, and marble. Invited by Claudio Abbado, Cimarelli's first abstract sculpture exhibition was organized by Elmar Weingarten at the Berliner Philharmonie in Berlin, Germany in 1999.

Realism Inspired by his conservation experience at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, Cimarelli moved to figurative sculpture in 1991. Studying techniques from sculptors such as Donatello, Michelangelo, Jacopo della Quercia, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, he produced sculpture in wood, bronze, stone, and marble. In 2001, he created a marble sculpture of St. John the Baptist that was first exhibited in Oslo, Norway.

Figurative Chinese Series From 2007-2008, Cimarelli create a series of contemporary figurative sculpture in porcelain with colorful, jewel-like surface finishing in Jingdezhen in the Jianxi province of China.

In 2010, Cimarelli created Matteo Ricci, a 59-inch gilded fiberglass sculpture finished with 24K gold leaf and calligraphy. The piece was first exhibited at the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. From 2011-2012, the sculpture was exhibited at the Embassy of Italy in Beijing, China. It is currently in the collection of Regione Marche Government in Ancona, Italy.


Cimarelli has participated in several large sculptural and architectural restoration projects. From 1990-1991, he worked on the renovation of the Court Napoleon at the Louvre Museum. The courtyard surrounds the Louvre Pyramid designed by I.M. Pei. In 1995, he worked on the Christiansborg Palace Chapel in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1998, he worked the Strasbourg Cathedral in Strasbourg, France and the Porte d'Aix in Marseille, France. In 2002, he restored the Institution of Civil Engineers headquarters in London, England. The following year, he worked on the restoration of the Stockholm Palace and House of Nobility in Stockholm, Sweden.

Zhongkai Sheshan Villas

From 2007-2010, Cimarelli served as Art Supervisor for the Zhongkai Sheshan Villas in Shanghai, China. Designed by ten architectural firms, the project consisted of 81 contemporary luxury villas. Four of the villas were designed by Mack Scogin of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam, architect and adjunct Professor of Architecture at Harvard University. Built with stone, marble, wood, and metal, Cimarelli oversaw the quality of materials and construction for the project.

Teaching and lectures

Cimarelli has been a visiting scholar at Wimbledon College of Art in London, England, and King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He has lectured internationally at universities including: Sir J.J. School of Art at University of Mumbai in Mumbai, India; Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Philippines; China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China; China Central Academy of Fine Arts and Beijing Renwen University in Beijing, China; and Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, Canada.

Cimarelli has also been a guest speaker at the Diocesan Museum in Jesi, Italy and the Beijing International Sculpture Forum organized by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China and China Sculpture Magazine in Beijing, China.


  • 1997 Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, Rome, Italy
  • 1996 National Sculpture Society, New York, New York, NY
  • 1995 New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
  • 1993 Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano Sud, Tirol, Italy
  • Solo exhibitions

  • 2013 Matteo Ricci, Italian Center, Shanghai, China
  • 2011 Matteo Ricci, Embassy of Italy, Beijing, China
  • 2008 Dionisio Cimarelli: Sculptures in Chinese Porcelain, Embassy of Italy, Beijing, China
  • 2008 Dionisio Cimarelli: Sculptures in Chinese Porcelain, Italian Cultural Institute, Beijing, China
  • 2005 Dionisio Cimarelli: Sculptures and Drawings, Consulate General of Italy, Shanghai, China
  • 2004 Dionisio Cimarelli Scultore: Il San Giovanni Battista, Chiesa della Cancellata, Maiolati Spontini, Italy
  • 2001 Dionisio Cimarelli, Galleri Asur, Oslo, Norway
  • 1999 Dionisio Cimarelli: Sculpture e disegni, Wilhelm Galerie, Potsdam, Germany
  • 1999 Dionisio Cimarelli: Sculpture e disegni, Italian Cultural Institute, Berlin, Germany
  • 1999 Sculture e disegni, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
  • Selected group exhibitions

  • 2015 The Art Students League of New York, USA
  • 2014 Natura e Storia, Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata, Macerata, Italy
  • 2011 China Nandaihe International Sculpture Exhibition, Nandaihe, China
  • 2011 Venice Biennale - Padiglione ITALIA nel Mondo, Venice, Italy
  • 2010 Expo 2010, Italian Pavilion, Shanghai, China
  • 2010 Centennial Celebration of Women in Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • 2009 Chinese International Sculpture Almanac Exhibition, Beijing and Hangzhou, China
  • 2008 MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • 2008 Moon River Contemporary Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2007 Dumaguete Terracotta Sculpture Biennal, Dumaguete City, Philippines
  • 2006 Shanghai International Biennial City Sculpture Exhibition, Shanghai, China
  • 2005 Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing, China
  • Film and documentary

    2005 Dionisio Cimarelli, Documentary on Oriental Television, Art Channel, Shanghai, China


    2015 Permanent Residence United States [1] for Extraordinary Ability EB-1

    2011 Spontini D'Oro, Maiolati Spontini, Italy


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