Tristano di Robilant (b. 1964, London) is an Italian-American artist, currently living and working in Rome and London. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he was particularly impacted by the lectures of the architectural critic and historian Reyner Banham (1922-1988).
Some of the artist’s initial encounters with sculpting were with his godfather, Cy Twombly, from whom he ‘learned how to pour plaster into hollows dug out from the sand, revealing small sand coated sculptures.’ Over the years, he started experimenting with various materials, including ceramic, bronze, aluminium and Murano glass. Di Robilant is now most recognised for his sculptures in ceramic and glass, but the artist also works in a variety of other media, including drawing, photography and writing.
Di Robilant has recently had institutional solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California (2016), the Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo, Venice (2017), and Musinf in Senigallia, Italy (2018). His work is in private and public collections across Europe and the United States, including the Sol LeWitt Collection in Hartford, Connecticut, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, and the Museo del Vetro in Murano. A large-scale public sculpture was installed at Parco dell’Infanzia (with Louise Bourgeois and Giovanni Rizzoli) in Origgio, Milan, in 2016.