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Enrico Stopparo was born in Tezze sul Brenta (Vicenza) in 1953.
He attended the State Art Institute in Nove. His first teachers were two of the best masters of the second generation of new ceramic art in Vicenza, Alessio Tasca and Pompeo Pianezzola. From 1969 he began to attend Tasca’s laboratory and in 1970 he entered to do a course at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Venice where, in the sculpture department, he had Alberto Viani as his teacher.
His work with Tasca encouraged him to experiment, particularly in “cotto” (terracotta) from which he designed some modular panels. In 1972 he exhibited in the Biennale in Venice and in 1973 in the Triennale in Milan. He started teaching and that took him to Nove, Venice and Schio and then from 1974 with the I.S.A. of Cittadella. He still maintains that position today in the Artistic Disciplines.
In 1975 he consolidated his interest for the more basic materials (clays and fire clay) mixed with oxides and worked in intarsia. In this difficult technical exercise, the rational and aesthetic origins become softened by slight movements of the material and the gentle hues of colour that come simply from the natural tones of the earth itself.
Stropparo evidently managed to achieve great expertise in his exploration of ceramic technique to its limits, as he was given recognition of his work with the first prize at the Munich Fair in 1982 and he gave a personal exhibition of his work in Trieste.
The lines of his early works slowly became a kind of revisitation of historical characters in Venetian architecture but in a modern style. In fact, in his slabs, his thread-like elements were sometimes protruding and they brought back to mind the structural combinations of gothic style in its more mature stage. In 1983 he was awarded the First Prize in the Biennale of Reggio Calabria and exhibited with A. Tasca.
During the eighties he continued to exhibit and in 1987 he produced his first Lastre nere (Black Slabs). In 1989 he dedicated himself to the completion of unique pieces with a strong architectonic character: Porte, Sfere, Altari. With these sculptural works he won the Faenza Prize at the International Competition of Ceramic Art in Faenza in 1989. He maintained a sense of decoration in these works, compromising more and more between his untiring search for technical perfection and conceding to the up and coming tendencies in the fields of performing and deconsecrating.
He took part in the Ceramic shows of Santo Stefano di Camastra, Gualdo Tadino, Savona and Castellamonte. Then he was invited to “Terre Provocate” (Padova 1991 and Bologna 1992), to the International Exhibition of Ceramic Art in Taiwan (1992) and in the same year to the Exhibition of Contemporary Italian Ceramics in Arita-Sigaraki in Tokyo.
In recent years his production seems to have slowed down even if, as he admits, “he continues to meditate on the future of ceramic art, still provoking the earth.”
In 2006 in the Dieda Gallery in Bassano del Grappa, he exhibited a series of works on the theme of bowls, entitled “Superfluous”.


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