Graziano Viale's masks express the charisma of metamorphoses, magic and theatre, behind the ability change face and transform an image. Being native of North Italy, a tireless traveler and storyteller, Graziano arrived in Sardinia with the curiosity and the ability to investigate identity in the souls of the peoples and to create the evocative and ever-changing faces of tradition. Its leather masks designed internally by Safir, are beautifully designed to be worn, dedicated to the world of theatre and performance as well as individual enthusiasts, who are sensitive to the charm of masks and their symbolic and decorative power. He constantly collaborates in classical theater and avant-garde projects and its masks are found in many Italian theatres, in the rest of Europe and worldwide. He develops cultural projects and collaborates with Italian schools with seminars and workshops on the history and creation of leather masks.
His mask production, made of high quality leather, are divided into different themes: The commedia dell'arte, the Masks of Sardinia , the Greek Theatre, the Phoenician Punic Masks, are skilfully studied by the artisan to obtain aesthetic elegance and finesse from each artifacts. Available in several sizes, they are designed to be worn or used as a decorative object of great visual value.
The creation of the leather mask is the result of a preliminary study made of clay to calibrate distances and the proportions of anatomical details. From this first study, the craftsman produces the final model carved in wood or resin on which the leather is modelled carefully during modelling.
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