Luigi Del Monte is an Italian
Jewish artist and engineer who specializes in contemporary art and design.
After spending several years as a structural engineer, he launched a
new career in 1998 as a designer reinterpreting everyday and ceremonial
objects in a contemporary style that pays homage to ancient traditions.
That year, he designed his first piece, "The
Arch", a sterling silver Hanukkah Menorah, which he first made for
his own use. It is now available in a limited edition (one piece was
purchased by the Spertus
Museum, Chicago, and now in the permanent collection).
Del Monte initially focused on Jewish ceremonial objects, now in many
of the world's most important Jewish museums.
In 1999, he started designing and producing lines of anodized aluminum
pieces, among them two works featured the following year in the MoMA
(The Museum of Modern Art, New York) Winter 2000 Design Store catalog.
His deep interest in Jewish culture and art manifests itself in the
creation of fine Judaica executed with sophisticated, elegant lines
and shapes, often incorporating the use of reflection.
He is now dedicated to designing all kinds of modern items. He has created
sculptures that combine sterling, bronze and aluminum, and has designed
donors' walls and large Hanukkiyot.
His works can be found in the permanent collections of many prestigious
institutions, including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Spertus
Museum, Chicago; the Skirball Museum, Los Angeles; and the
Museo dei Lumi, Casale Monferrato (Italy). At the Italian
Jewish Museum in Florence, his pieces were selected to show the
continuity of Italian Jewish art through the present day, the only modern
objects displayed next to treasures of past centuries.
His work is also exhibited in many contemporary galleries, such as the
Moss Gallery in New York. Many of his works, including one-of-a-kind
silver pieces, furniture and large outdoor sculptures, were commissioned
for important private collections.
Del Monte is recognized in many international competitons, among them:
Prize Winner of the Judith
Altman Memorial Judaica Competition (2002); Finalist
in the 2004 Spertus Judaica Prize Competition.