Antonio Pio Saracino is an Italian-born artist, architect, and designer based in New York City. He is one of the youngest of his generation to make monumental installations in major cities around the world. Saracino is recognized for his advanced use of technology to create dissected forms with historic and architectural reference that have a fluidity of movement. In 2010, his work was selected for the 54th Venice Biennale, and over the past ten years he has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, and Australia.
Originally commissioned by the Italian Embassy to produce a symbol of Italy to commemorate the Year of the Italian Culture (2013) in the United States, Saracino created The Guardians: Hero and Superhero. The sculptures, the first a contemporary version of David and the other a superhero figure of the future, are on permanent display at Bryant Park, soaring upward through a system of marble and polished stainless steel plates stacked in repeated planes, recalling the architecture of the surrounding skyscrapers to suggest the movement of the figures within their environments. Hero has also been included in the 2014 exhibition in the Gallery of the Academy in Florence, Italy, honoring the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo’s death and was chosen by the Art Miami committee for prestigious placement at the fair’s entrance in 2014.
Saracino is a four-time winner of Interior Design’s Future Furniture design competition was named one of the world’s “25 most interesting trendsetters” by ARTnews and was recognized as one of the “Top Ten Italian Architects Under 36” by New Italian Blood. Today, Saracino’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.