Franco Monti (Milano, 1931)

Franco Monti (Milan, 1931 - Ibiza, 2008). His interest in sculpture began in his youth, with a particular fascination for African sculpture, and from the mid-fifties onwards he studied all the so-called "primitive" cultures in depth. From that moment on the artist began a long period of research, travel, curated exhibitions, conferences, articles in professional journals and courses on African sculpture.
After travelling throughoutsub-Saharan West Africa, Peru, Mexico and New Guinea, in the eighties he moved to Ibiza where he found an idyllically perfect place in the midst of nature, enabling him to focus solely on his work.

Monti 's sculptures are imbued with strength, corporality and shapes that do not forget their African past. This African influence does not come through in the shape of the sculptures but in the way the artist designed these forms. The sculptor would spend long hours meditating on the sculpture, then executing it in a short period of time. It was the realization of his dream.

His work can be found in major collections of contemporary art, including: Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, in Milan and Lugano; Gabriele and Giuseppina Caccia Dominioni, Milan; Vincenzo and Giuliana Novembre, Milan; Alberto Galaverni, Parma; Victor and Mayte Rahola, Barcelona; Ventura Garcés, Barcelona; Estela Matutes, Barcelona; Erwin and Christina Bechtold, Ibiza; Rafael Tur Costa, Ibiza; Leszek Muszynski, Ibiza; and Marcel and Mary Floris, Ibiza.