In Memoriam: Bruno Gambone (1936–2021)

September 26, 2021


Bruno Gambone in his studio. Courtesy the Artist Estate.


Portrait of Bruno Gambone in his studio in Florence, 1977. Courtesy the Artist Estate.


Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, Co-founders of Magazzino Italian, with artist Bruno Gambone in his home.


Bruno Gambone in his studio. Courtesy the Artist Estate.


Portrait of Bruno Gambone, Florence, 1970s. Courtesy the Artist Estate.


In Memoriam: Bruno Gambone (1936-2021)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Italian artist Bruno Gambone, one of the greatest Italian ceramists of the 20th century.

Bruno was not only a great artist but a wonderful friend. A leading figure in the world of ceramics of the 20th and 21st century, Gambone began his training with his father, renowned ceramicist Guido Gambone. In the 1970s and 1980s, Gambone went on to experiment with glass in partnership with manufacturers in the Colle Val D’Elsa area, and with other studios in Venice, designing jewelry and furniture works inspired by the same imaginary animals which frequented his ceramic works. Gambone’s work has been the subject of major solo and international exhibitions and has left an invaluable impression on the canon of art history.

Today is a sad day for all of us but we will always keep the legacy of Bruno alive at Magazzino Italian Art for future generations. 

Our thoughts are with his family, his wife Nahomi Kusaba Gambone, his son Guido Gambone Jr., his daughter Giunka Kusaba Gambone, his sister Maria Teresa Gambone, and everyone else who loved him.

We are going to miss him greatly. 

Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, Co-founders
Vittorio Calabrese, Director
The Team, Magazzino Italian Art Foundation