Giorgio di Palma

Artist Statement

I work my own way, without focusing on the technique, and I always avoid giving my objects a real function. I produce ceramic items which are not needed. In an era of excess and wastefulness, my aim is to create objects fallen into disuse, useless, but impossible to leave behind. They will outlive us, because now they are made of terracotta, hence immortal. Through a special time machine called ceramics I enjoy transforming the useless into the eternal and consecrating the moment. My other works, the high-reliefs, and the decals, indeed, are snapshots of melancholic moments, observed through the eyes of fantastic animals. Their gazes reveal feelings unknown to the modern man, constantly lost in chasing haste.

-- Giorgio di Palma


I’m Giorgio Di Palma and I was born in 1981. I have no experience in Art Institutes or Academies to boast about. I graduated in Archaeology and my previous job experience was as a computer technician in Budapest. While in the morning I used to solve other people’s computer problems, during the night I started painting. 
I used to draw my dog, Lucky, together with funny characters of my imagination.
 Then one day, in 2009, I decided to go back home and to transfer my dreams from paper to ceramic. I opened a little workshop with a limited production. I’ve been working with ceramic since 2010, as my father has been doing for 50 years, like other people from my town of Grottaglie have for centuries.