Matteo Pugliese’s Bronze Sculptures Escape from the Wall

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Italy is a country rife with sculpture. From the work of the Romans to the masterworks of Michelangelo and Bernini, it’s not hard to find a figure or bust in marble or bronze. But these are something different. Created by an italian with one foot in the past and one in the future, the bronze figures appear to be either escaping or seeking shelter in the wall they occupy – rough hewn hands, feet, heads and bodies all protruding from walls that hide the remaining figure – or so it seems.

These are the works of Milan born Matteo Pugliese. The self-taught sculptor has been experimenting and working in his chosen craft since his teens. The style he’s landed upon today is one that fuses his love for modern day inventions like animation and science-fiction films with his culture rooted in the past.

His artworks literally stand out from the wall, casting shadows which highlight their captive/escaping nature while influencing the surface itself. While Pugliese normally displays his works on white walls, many of his patrons choose to place the pieces on walls with texture, color, or sometimes on mirror. To see more of his work, including his series of bizarrely large warriors, head to


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