Descendent of an Italian family of craftmen, Michele Righetti was born in 1974 near Florence. His great-grandfather Elia Righetti was a forger and metal master who specialised in building horse carriages and architectural iron parts. This dates back to 1870, while in the same family tree back to 1770, Francesco & Luigi Righetti, bronze sculptors and painters, were active in Europe producing classical sculptures.
Michele Righetti is described as an incisive contemporary thinker of art able to master inter-disciplinary techniques and styles through paintings, sculpture and graphics. A unique and fascinating imaginary world is celebrated through artworks telling stories deeply rooted within life experiences, memories, culture and fascination for nature elements. Active as a painter and sculptor in the region of South East Asia since the year 2002, Michele established his workshop in 2006 in Singapore, where he has gained a reputation for being a distinguished visual artist and worked extensively in curating art collections for hospitality, corporate and private collectors.
With a training background at the School Of Fashion & Applied Arts “A. Rubbiani” in Bologna and “G. Marangoni” School Of Textile Design in Como, both in Italy, Michele worked as a textile designer on a freelance basis, for brands such as Versace and Hermés. His journey in fine arts began in 1997 in Florence, where Michele studied fine arts at the private atelier of Slovak Maestro Stano Dušik, hands-on within specific art projects for three years between Italy, Canada & Slovak Republic.
The artist works mainly on four open collections of paintings, ‘Paesaggi Remoti’ (Abstract Landscapes), ‘The Author’s Emotions’ (Bright & Colourful Lifestyle Scenes), ‘Catch The Moment’ (A Visual Diary On South East Asian Life & Culture), ‘Open Studio’ (Quirky Portraits & Fairy Tales Inspired Paintings) to which he adds new works every year.
Michele’s works on paper are part of the permanent collection of Beijing Ex-Libris and Small Prints Museum while one of his largest paintings, a 10m x 4m acrylic on canvas, was commissioned to him at the age of 24 in honour of Pope John Paul the II’s 80th birthday and is currently part of the permanent collection of Musei Vaticani in Rome.
Righetti is also known for his visually striking sculptures in Singapore, such as “The Merchants Of Singapore” at Clarke Quay, “Sheep Grazing” at Orchard Scotts, “Fusion” at Skyline Anguilla Park, and “Rugiada” at Alba Cairnhill.’
In early 2009, the artist worked on sculpture “Nutmeg Grove” participating at the creation of the largest permanent public art display in Singapore located at Orchard Central SC, engaged by developer Far East Organization.
In 2012 his sculptures and paintings were commissioned by Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal owner of Kingdom Holding Company to compliment the guest rooms, the interiors of the lobby and all public areas of Fairmont Hotel Makati and part of Raffles Hotel & Residences.
In 2014 he realised the first public sculpture installation in Yangon, Myanmar, inspired by “Chinlone” a the local traditional sport also known as Sepak Takraw in other parts of South East Asia. “Chinlone”, a set of 11 large scale lanterns made of steel, resin and LED lights, sits at the Sedona Hotel Yangon, located opposite a lake fronting the residence of Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Michele’s works are collected publicly and privately in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, South East Asia & Japan, Sri Lanka and USA.
As an art studio gallery, Michele Righetti Contemporary Art participates annually in various International art fairs.
Real art does not intimidate the viewer, instead delivers curiosity and a sense of place to the environment. This is our motto, the approach we apply to each project we encounter.
Over 10 years of experience in metal and stone sculpture manufacturing, Joanna works in collaboration with Michele Righetti to coordinate all matters related to the construction of large art.
From Tuscany this tech cowboy can sketch, calculate and render anything under the sun using sophisticated softwares and programming.
Graphics & Media are Keren’s daily bread. Along with general studio admin she is in charge of artworks photo shooting, cataloguing and web related tasks.
WHAT WE DO
We specialise in devoloping ar solutions that support the clients’ values while remaining sensitive to their budget. Working to create art that truly reflects a particular vision, while making a recognisable signature statement for any environment.
Working directly with our team, you can start with nothing but an empty space and a feeling for how you’d like to fill it. Step by step, from initial site visits and concept sketches to shortlisted designs and final working drawings, we will help you shape you vision into a living, three-dimensional reality.
Mastering a portfolio of classic and experimental techniques, from marble sculpting to steel forging or bronze fusing, we have the studio facilities to materialise your vision.