I WILL EMBODY YOUR DREAMS INTO MARBLE.

WHO I AM

The time-honoured tradition of marble-carving has won Verona its world’s fame, and we’ve been cherishing and enriching this legacy for five generations.

It all began in the early 1900s, when my great-great-grandfather Gaetano, owner of marble quarries at Caprino Veronese, traded marble blocks. My great-grandfather Leonello and my grandfather Arturo carried on with the company, where my father Leonello Sandri, a young boy then, started to work, too.

After the World War II my father first moved to Germany and then to Switzerland to refine his stone cutting skills among numerous local sculptors.

In the 1970s he returned to Italy and opened his own workshop. There was a flourishing marble industry and numerous satellite and spin-off activities in Verona’s thereabouts, and my father gained recognition for his attention to details and marked artistic streak.

I was born in 1966. When I turned 14 I started working at my father’s workshop. It’s actually from him, my father Leonello Sandri, that I learned the principles of the art that has been passed on from generation to generation in our family. I have never met my great-grandparents and knew but a little my grandparents, but despite this I heartily thank my father for having opened their world to me and for raising in me a great passion for sculpture.

My further studies gave me a good artistic education, allowed me to get to know various conceptions and movements in plastic art and broadened my horizons of creativity.

At the beginning of 2000 my father passed the company reins into my hands, and I’m trying to update the sculpting concept to a more contemporary style.

Sometimes when I watch my hands move I recognize in them those of my father’s, and realize that those time-honored, ripetitive, almost instinctive, carving gestures convey to the observer a unique emotion of profound envolvement.

Working and interacting with other architects and sculptors and participating in exhibitions and various international events made me known overseas. My works have found their home throughout the world: in Europe, Japan, Arab countries, Russia, in American continent – anywhere there are people ready to dream together with me.

Ours is not just a company, but a lifestyle that accompanies us through generations and its changes base on the sensitivity of those who live it, exciting us with the fruit of our work.

“Each work that comes from under my chisel is a fruit of the union of two souls: that of my client’s and mine.”

Oscar Sandri

HOW I WORK

  • 01

    A DREAM.

    People come to me with an idea, a vision, a dream that they would like to give life to and materialize. So I try to find out the most important issues that they would like to elaborate and express in marble.

  • 02

    FROM VISION TO REALITY.

    I start sketching and drawing according to their sensations and to the feedback I receive from them on viewing what appears from under my pencil. I continue elaborating the drawing till the original idea takes more and more clear and defined form to culminate in a creation of a three-dimensional model.

  • 03

    A DYNAMIC PROCESS.

    The journey from a dream to a completed work in marble is a continuous and dynamic process. And it takes two, the sculptor and the client, to fulfil it. There is an ongoing dialogue between the two of us. In a sense, each work that comes from under my chisel is a fruit of the union of two souls: that of my client’s and mine. I prefer discerning clients, with original ideas, those who consistently challenge you, audacious and daring people, people of great resolve – to experience dreaming and creating together.

  • 04

    A WORK OF ART.

    I strongly believe that only a real work of art can elicit emotions. If it doesn’t, then it rests just a piece of rock, a shaped piece, technically even perfect maybe, but still a rock. But if on seeing my work again years later I never get tired to look at it, well then those outlines and that piece of marble can be called a piece of art.

Do you have a dream?

CONTACT US

CONTACT

ADDRESS

Via Polveriera, 23
37010 Rivoli Veronese – Verona (Italy)

PHONE

+39 347 2598267

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