"Every kind of life maintains a universe of magnificent forms that merge into a perfect balance, every single little human being who holds cosmic harmony.
History: Renzo Buttazzo (1963) in 1986 created the first Crafts Laboratory for experimenting with Lecce stone. From 1998 until 2011 he presented numerous projects at the Salone del Mobile in Milan. In 2000 he collaborated on the realization of the new ARMANI CASA collection; the same year his name begins to go around the world and is interviewed not only by the broadcast Rai Geo & Geo, but also by British television BBC. In January 2005 he inaugurated the opening of SPAZIOPETRE in Lecce, a space where new materials and different cultures could meet. Today he is actively pursuing his artistic and design research.
Distinguishing features: In the many activities of research and experimentation on Lecce stone, for over 25 years Renzo Buttazzo has managed to transform this material with innovation and craftsmanship, making it unique and creating through his philosophy an unmistakable style, nowadays recognized in the world . "Use your hands" to create everything his soul has seen and heard, accompanied by the sound of the wind. In his works we can perceive the uniqueness of the execution in relation to the peculiarities of the stone that, exasperated in its transformation, manages to convey that sense of lightness and softness, made of full and empty recognizable in the style of the author which, untied from constraints of productivity and industrialization, recognizes only in the manual dexterity the true essence of the work. Numerous acknowledgments and collaborations occured in Italy and abroad that helped to make him one of the most innovative artists in the field of stone materials processing.
Current production: His creations, produced in limited series, can be reproduced in specific dimensions suitable for every type of housing requirement. A precursor of a new way of interpreting stone, he has succeeded over the years in giving a new face to furniture. So much that his production ranges from sculptures to luminous bodies, from the cabinet to the sculptural wall, helping to improve the possibilities of use of this material. He collaborates with architects, gallery owners and interior designers, creating works to decorate charming houses and resorts; there are numerous collectors who own his pieces and numerous are the publications in national and foreign magazines, as well as TV programmes.
Renzo when did you realize that working the stone could have been your way? Did you choose her or did the stone choose you?
I think we chose each other and it was really "love at first sight" and from that moment I understood that she would be my material. The whole thing then resulted in a morbid passion made of continuous research and experimentation; let's talk about 1986 , when I created the first production of stone clocks that over the years the mass industrialization has made even more recognizable. Then, through a series of meetings with the personalities of the sector, they made me realize that my passion was pure art and that by feeding such strength the results would not lack.
What would you like to happen in your territory? What should be changed or what should be invested on to improve?I would like people not to forget what was done in the past and I would like it to be used to look to the future, to be contemporary in thinking, more united in doing and less dispersive in acting, but more determined in implementing constructive projects . You should interact with the local masters who have given much of their life to the knowledge of their materials, gather them under one roof available to those who want to start in this wonderful world and help them to think about believing in themselves because I am convinced that Puglia and in particular Salento is a land full of creative potentials, but without a guide. The provincialism makes us forget that we are European citizens, instead it should make us believe that the comparison with other peoples can be a stimulus for artistic, cultural and social growth; so first of all we should invest in training young and contemporary minds, who can interact and operate in a world that is constantly evolving and transforming.