Simone Frabboni

Published: 14.04.2020


Simone Frabboni was born in Bologna, Italy, on the last day of 1976, just before the year of punk started. His father was an artist so he grew up surrounded by art, however, Simone was advised not to make any. Being a rebel, he took this path in his studies and worked many years as a restorer. Making wood art and jewels has been part of a constant practice of sculpture. He is known for his wood jewelry. Wood is his favourite element and is used as a way to act close to nature, in a moving equilibrium. The same can be said of when he used to ride his skateboard like a pro. A skateboard actually is both a piece of wood and a master of life. Making eco-jewelry is part of a wider path of eco-sustainability.


Since I was a child, woodworking has been a way to know the world and express myself. I remember carving little sticks, to experiment with wood with my whole body, climbing trees and letting myself swing in the wind.
My work is based on ecological materials and handcrafting tradition. My inspiration comes from nature and art, so wood is the meeting point between them, which is my favorite material and a feature of my work.
I work with wood, metals, resin and other materials with the same care, for a design that starts from the matter. I mix different techniques, like renaissance inlay, wood turning, wood carving, molder making, resin carving, etc. I mostly work the wildwood essences, that I look for by myself or in collaboration with gardeners and woodmen, making all the seasoning process in my workshop.
My work mixes everything: street culture, fashion, Renaissance and Gothic art inspirations and indigenous people art and cultures. I have been studying native peoples material culture and probably the sense of their ornaments has inspired me to make jewelry. Traditional handcrafted objects, in fact, give me the idea that every daily activity can be seen with an artistic point of view. Something that contemporary material culture has lost throughout the mass production of disposable objects.
My research about beauty, art and ecology are connected and my work has been teaching me this is a way of life. Wood has taught me to grow imperfection as a virtue. My aim is to make jewels which are both ancient and contemporary. As trees are.
/ Simone Frabboni


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Fair  10 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects Fair 2019.
Exhibition  21 Sep 2019 - 31 Oct 2019  Collectiva Meeting 2019.
Galeria Collectiva, Oporto, Portugal.
Exhibition  06 Sep 2019 - 10 Sep 2019  Maison et Objets.
Parc des Expositions de Villepinte, Paris.
Fair  20 Apr 2019 - 21 Apr 2019  Autor 2019.
Exhibition  20 Apr 2019 - 21 Apr 2019  Selected Artists and Collectives at Autor 2019.
Exhibition  15 Jul 2018 - 01 Sep 2018  Love Jewels.
Huis Pauwels Spaenjers – Multiple Gallery, Hasselt (Belgium).
Exhibition  04 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018  Wooden Jewellery.
Castello di Drena, Trento (Italy).
Exhibition  10 Feb 2018 - 25 Apr 2018  Metamorfosi Award, International Collective Exhibition.
Fondazione Carigo, Gorizia (Italy).
Exhibition  03 Jun 2017 - 03 Aug 2017  Schmuck Objecte.
For 30 years of Galerie Cebra, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Exhibition  20 Jan 2017 - 25 Jan 2017  The Brooch.
Palakiss, Vicenza, Italy.
Exhibition  17 Mar 2016 - 17 Apr 2016  Un viaggio nel gioiello contemporaneo.
Galleria Rossini, Milano, Italy.
Exhibition  30 Jan 2016 - 30 Jan 2016  Wood and the City.
Solo show for Art City White Night 2016, Artefiera Bologna, at Borgo22, Bologna (Italy).
Exhibition  22 Jan 2016 - 29 Jan 2016  The Essentiality of the Form.
Palakiss, Vicenza, Italy.
Exhibition  24 Jan 2015 - 24 Jan 2015  Wooden Memories.
Solo show for Bologna Art City White Night 2015, Artefiera Bologna, at Art Hotel Orologio, Bologna (Italy).
Presentation  06 Dec 2014 - 06 Dec 2014  Collier Ooak Presentation.
In collaboration with Dutch stylist Meike Everaarts, at Cap 40139, Bologna, Italy.
Exhibition  23 Nov 2014 - 11 Dec 2014  Avant Garde.
Palazzo Agostinelli, Bassano del Grappa, Italy.
Exhibition  06 Sep 2014 - 09 Sep 2014  Man Contemporary Jewellery.
Palakiss, Vicenza, Italy.
Exhibition  08 Dec 2013 - 30 Dec 2013  Faust e le altre.
Galleria Terre Rare, Bologna, Italy.
Exhibition  14 Jan 2013 - 14 Jan 2013  Wooding Time.
Solo show at Art Hotel Orologio, Bologna (Italy).
Exhibition  23 Nov 2012 - 25 Nov 2012  Open Design Italia 2012.
Magazzini Ligabue, Venezia, Italy.
Exhibition  17 Nov 2012 - 17 Nov 2012  Falling in Wood.
Solo show at Art Hotel Orologio, Bologna (Italy).
Exhibition  22 Apr 2012 - 29 Apr 2012  Sculture da Indossare.
Solo show at Sant'Apollonia Oratory.

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Book:  New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2021
Book:  Growth & Evolution International Jewellery Exhibition. Sun, HermanChina Modern Publishing House Limited:  Hong Kong,  2020