about

 

Born 1988, countryside Victoria, Sollai studied carving in Pietrasanta Italy, under the tutelage of Italy’s Artigiani. He returns to this art mecca annually to collect marble from the quarries and has them sent to his permanent studio in Berlin, Germany where he lives with his wife and Muse, contemporary dancer – Danica Hilton. 

Sollai takes his inspiration from nature, his greatest teacher, but also frequents the many art masters housed in museums world wide; he is particularly fond of old masters such as Moore, Brancusi, Marini, Picasso, Matisse, but is, inevitably influenced by all things that make the heart yearn.

For Sollai, carving and making Art is a pursuit in connecting with the universe, “I carve because it takes me away from ego, and connects me to the Universe and its beauty in a productive way.”

Many of Sollai’s sculptures are purely explorations of form and light. His works are a journey to the beholder as well as to himself and he would say that he is in collaboration with the marble itself and the materials desires are as important as his own. The works therefore establish themselves in very organic and evocative forms.

Sollai recently exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe in March 2019. In 2018 he showed in the Exhibition Hall of Australia House, London, celebrating the centenary of the buildings construction on the Strand.  Art Central Hong Kong with MARS Gallery of Melbourne, 2018. He has a major piece in esteemed Bei Wu Sculpture Park Germany and showed for the opening in 2016. Sollai has had solo exhibitions with MARS gallery Melbourne, 2016, Hardman Gallery Berlin 2018, private shows in collectors gardens and salons in Hong Kong and Berlin. Sollai is placed in major private collections, such as with the late Art Collector, Neilma Gantner. He otherwise has works collected in Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Holland and Italy.

exhibitions 

2019  

Sculpture by the Sea . Cottesloe, Perth

Hill – Smith Gallery . Exhibition . Adelaide

Open Studio . Nunan – Cartwright atelier . Correns . Provence 

Harvey Gallery . Solo Exhibition . Sydney

Sculpture by the Sea . Bondi . Sydney

Evening with Sculpture . Private Garden . Hong Kong

Artvisory . Melbourne (2020)

2018   

Australia House, Australian High Commission, Centenary Exhibition, London 

Art Central showing with MARS Gallery, Hong Kong

New Works, Solo Exhibition, Prenzlauer Studio, Berlin 

Hardman Galerie, Berlin,  Germany 

CheckPoint Ilgen Art Salon, Berlin

2017 

CheckPoint Ilgen, Curated by Fré and Jacqueline Ilgen , Berlin

Atelierfest, Weisensee, Berlin

2016 

Placed in Bei Wu Sculpture Park, Wesenberg, Germany 

Touch This  Exhibition,  Melbourne 

New Works,   Exhibition,  MARS Gallery,   Melbourne

2015  

Lot 19, Spring Art Fair, Castlemaine – Awarded Prize for Sculpture

Group Exhibition,  Castlemaine State Festival

2014  

Private Exhibition with Sandra Walters Art Consultancy, Hong Kong

Group Exhibition, Nock Art Foundation, Hong Kong

Group Exhibition, La Rondine Gallery, Tuscany, Italy

2013  

Hong Kong Art Festival,  Group Exhibition,  ZZHK Gallery, Hong Kong

Women’s Day Exhibition, Tuscany,  Italy

2012   

La Rondine Gallery Group Exhibition, Hong Kong

Selected Commissions

Reclining Woman, Private Collection, Melbourne

Ula, Bei Wu Sculpture Park, Wesenberg, Germany    

Leonida, Tuscany, Italy

Fish, Private Collection, Bermagui, Australia

Growth, Private CollectionMelbourne,  Australia

Currawong and Bush Spirit, Mullumbimby,  Australia

Artist Residency

2019  Basket Range, Adelaide Hills, Australia

2016 Bei Wu Artist in Residence, Wesenberg, Germany 

2014 Cill Rialaig Art Project, Kerry, Ireland 

2013 Artist in Residence, Mullumbimby, Australia

2013 Resident Artist at Jatsura Lewis Studio, Montreal, Canada