Mauro Bonaventura | Italy

Mauro Bonaventura was born in 1965 in Italy where he still currently lives and works.

In 1983, with a diploma in electronics and while looking for his first job, he began – almost by accident – to work as an apprentice at a Venetian glass furnace.

From that moment on, he began to learn the techniques of glass blowing and decorating, and to develop a passion for the material. In 1992, through his friendship with an artisan who used the lampworking technique, he began using this process, which has then become his technique of choice.

Fascinated by the creative and artistic aspects of the glassmaking craft, he received a diploma in 2003 from the Liceo Artistico in Venice, where he studied drawing, painting, and sculpture, but where he, above all, expanded his study of the human figure.

Bonaventure’s works are incredible reflections of his interests, his life, and his training. They are often intricately shaped objects, usually spheres created by mostly random tangles of sinuous strands of colored glass that bring to mind electrical circuits or branches of nerve cells.

Often these colored cages contain male or female bodies, alone or in pairs, graceful and harmonious as they attempt to break free from the tangled filaments.

Bonaventure’s works seem to unleash an almost contrasting tension that, on one hand, clings to and envelops his figures with the multi-colored snarls that entangle them and yet, on the other, opens the doors of another world, of a faraway freedom, perhaps the most important, that of ideas and the spirit.


Mauro Bonaventura | Italy


Selected exhibitions:

Venice goes to Dubai,Akka project Dubai, Dubai, UAE

VETRO, An exhibition of contemporary Italian Glass. Sandra Ainsley Gallery,  Toronto, Canada

Colección permanente Sala Bellini & Pezzoli, Museo de Arte en Vidrio de Alcorcón (Mava) Madrid, Spain

Il vetro, l’attualita’ di un’arte, Biblioteca Civica VEZ – Villa Erizzo, Venezia Mestre, Italy

Time Space Existence. La Biennale di Venezia, XVI Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, Venice, Italy

Di Vetro. IV Biennale d’arte del vetro contemporaneo. Museo civico di Sansepolcro. Arezzo, Italy, Italy

TEFAF. Represented from Smith Davidson Gallery, The Netherlands

Il Bandolo dell’Arte. Civic Museum Parisi Valle a solo exhibition. Maccagno, Varese, Italy

PERSONAL STRUCTURES:Open Borders, Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy
4th International Denizli glass biennal Denizli, Turkey

MURANO OGGI. Le eccellenze del vetro contemporaneo. Museum of glass, Murano, Italy

Di Vetro. III Biennale d’arte del vetro contemporaneo, Museo civico di Sansepolcro,  Arezzo, Italy

GLASS. Arte del vetro oggi. Villa dei Vescovi, Luvigliano, Italy

Art Karlsruhe. Karlsruhe, Germany

Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair, London, UK

Red dot art fair Miami, Florida, Usa

Contemporary Istanbul. Istanbul, Turkey

Art Basel. Berengo Studio, Miami, Florida, Usa

SOFA, Berengo Studio, Chicago, Illinois, Usa

Glass Weekend at Wheaton Arts, New Jersey, Usa

Glasstress. Gotika, Venice, Italy

Il vetro a lume nel XXI° secolo, Murano, Italy

Palm Beach County Convention Center, Miami, Miami, Florida, Usa

American International Fine art Fair.Miami, Florida, Usa

“Disegni di vetro”, Corinaldo incontra Murano, Murano, Museum of glass, Italy

Palm Beach Jewelry Art & Antique. Palm Beach, Miami, Florida, Usa

Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. Karlsruhe, Germany

AIFAF 2013 West Palm Beach, Miami, Florida, Usa

SOFA.  Berengo Studio. Chicago, Illinois, Usa

Art Palm Beach, Berengo Studio. Palm Beach, Miami, Florida, Usa

Cologne fine art, Cologne, GermanY

Venice Projects, Mauro Bonaventura “Reticola-Mente”, Venice, Italy

SOFA, Berengo Studio, Chicago, Illinois, Usa

International Fine Art Expositions, Naples, Florida, Usa

Glas Kunst. Kulturhaus. Kilb, Österreich

Lineart. Flander Expo, Gent, Belgium

Glass Museum Alter Hof Herding, Contemporary lamp glass, Coesfeld, Germany

Lineart, Flander Expo, Gent, Belgium

Caffè Florian Venice, Mauro Bonaventura ‘Lunettes’, Venice, Italy

SOFA. Berengo Studio. Chicago, Illinois, Usa

Berengo Art Gallery, Open art fair, Utrecht, Holland

Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju City, Korea

Canergie Museum of Modern Art. Viva Vetro! Glass Alive! Pittsburgh, PA, Usa

Inspiration Italian Murano Glass art. Burgdorf, Switzerland

Vetro d’ Artista. Palazzo Congressi. Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

Namseoul University. 9th international workshop. Seoul, Korea

Palm Beach Country Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. Usa

SOFA, Mostly Glass Gallery, New York, NY, USA

SOFA, Mostly Glass Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

Glass Art Society. 36th Annual GAS Conference. St Louis, MO, Usa


Pharmaka Gallery. Venice II Venice, Los Angeles, CA, Usa

The ABC of Glass. Mostly Glass Gallery, NJ, USA

V&A Gallery. Pas De Deux. Mauro Bonaventura e Pino Signoretto, Venice, Italy

Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, VETRI. NEL MONDO OGGI, Venice, Italy

Musèe de l’ Outil. La Puissance du Verre, 1ère biennale internationale, Troyes, France

SOFA. Mostly Glass Gallery. Chicago, IL, Usa

Goblets,whimsical & functional. Englewood, NJ, USA

GlassWeekend. Contemporary and traditional italian glass art, Melville, NJ, Usa

Mostly Glass Gallery. Mauro Bonaventura, “Introspection”. Englewood, NJ, Usa

Artform. International art fair, Palm Beach, FL, Usa

Craft Alliance. Eclectic goblet, St. Louis, MO, Usa

SOFA. Rossella Junck Gallery, Chicago, IL, Usa

Sable V Gallery. A gatering of glass, Winberly, TX, Usa

Rossella Junck Gallery. Venezia Vetro. Venice, Italy

Mostly Glass Gallery. Miniature Art.  Englewood, NJ, Usa

Glass Art Society. 32nd Annual GAS Conference, Amsterdam, Holland

SOFA. Mostly Glass Gallery, New York, NY, Usa

Leon Salet Gallery. Maasrticht meet Murano, Maastricht, Holland

Galleria Vento D’arte. Mauro Bonaventura “Introspezione”, Milan, Italy


    Grovigli (Sfera), 2017, Murano glass, 35 cm diameter
    Mauro Bonaventura, Sitted, 2019
    Stilletto, Murano Glass, cm23x9.5x17 each2

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