Born in 1944 and raised in Rome, Ubaldo Vitali is a fourth-generation silversmith who learned the craft from his father and grandfather. Vitali studied drawing, painting, sculpture, and art history in Rome at the Liceo Artistico Ripetta, architecture at the Università di Roma, and sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti, where he met his future wife, Anita, who is American. He immigrated to the United States in 1967 and set up a studio in Belleville, New Jersey, near a Tiffany & Co. silver factory.
A master craftsman in silver and gold, Vitali is also a restorer, conservator, scholar, and sculptor. He has done extensive work for companies such as Tiffany, Bulgari, Cartier, Steuben, and Movado, as well as for auction houses, museums, and private collectors. Vitali has also executed commissions for popes, kings, queens, and American presidents. He has written several articles for magazines on historical practices, such as lost-wax casting, and essays for exhibition catalogues. Vitali has been featured in many museum exhibits, including one at the Newark Museum in 1990; he made a number of objects in collaboration with Leonard DiNardo. Vitali’s work is in several museum collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. His workshop is in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Taken From the New York Times
''The old tradition lives on in Vitali,'' said Stefanie Walker, a goldsmith and professor at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City, which focuses on the decorative arts. ''Anyone who meets him would be struck by the fact that Vitali is a living Renaissance: an artist-craftsman-intellectual in the oldest tradition of people who were extremely well-educated, fantastic craftsmen, interested in history and creative artisans.''
Mr. Vitali's vitrines are filled with designs for Movado, Tiffany and Cartier, and his oeuvre includes commissions for Queen Elizabeth II, the Shah of Iran, several American presidents and Italian dignitaries. The common denominator is the material. Comfortable with 16th- or 20th-century patrons, adroit at understanding the methods and aesthetic choices made by his predecessors, Mr. Vitali's transcends any restriction of time and place in his knowledge of gold and silver. Born into a goldsmithing dynasty that extends back four generations, Mr. Vitali, 55, initially learned his art from his grandfather and father, both of whom had workshops in Rome. Having first entered a workshop when he was about 4, he began spending afternoons in either of the workshops by the time he was in grammar school. He studied drawing in art school, then went on to sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and architecture at the University of Rome, all the while working daily alongside his father and grandfather.
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