Acquafresca…a name, a destiny.
Information regarding the direct descent of the Acquafresca’s family dates back to the XVII century. Matteo Acquafresca (1651-1738) was a gunsmith, from a family of appreciated, famous, fine artisans, who invented the breech-loading system. In this far back century some of the family made gun stocks reaching a high level of elegance in their work, highlighting skill in the art of chiselling. A historical cycle of this art form by the Acquafresca family had begun.
Centuries later Fabrizio Acquafresca was born in Florence, Tuscany. When he was 13 he started to work in his uncle’s workshop, a famous Florentine silver artisan, Brandimarte. Here, uncle “Brandi,” with love and strength, taught Acquafresca a high quality of silver craftsmanship. Acquafresca learned the stages, from fusion to soldering and from polishing to chasing. It was mostly in chasing and repousse that he expressed his art to the highest quality.
His curiosity and his attitude to experiment took Acquafresca to the Tuscan mountains, where he lived for a period of time together with the master of sculpture Italo Bortolotti. From the master he learned basic stone sculpture. Some of Acquafresca’s masterpieces are shown at “Il Milione” farm located in Giogoli, in the hills of Florence.
Acquafresca completed a large number of both silver chasing and painting shows. One of the most important was his 1995 presence at “Pavarotti & Friend International,” where he successfully showed his works, he created a cover Bible for Francesco Pope and have collaboration every year on making trophies for the Palio di Siena.
Today, after 30 years as it by destiny, Acquafresca is making his own works in collaboration with some American jewellery gallery, divide his life between Italy and Costa Rica in collaboration with artist and gallery, continue the collaboration with Brandimarte workshop in Florence, shares this art on teaching organizing workshops in all around the world.