BIOGRAPHY


The most important years in the life of Bruno Barbon

 

  • 1939

  • Master carver and restorer Bruno Barbon was born in Spresiano, a town in the province of Treviso. Bruno’s father Paolo was a specialised and highly sought-after technician that worked with on the preparation and maintenance of industrial machinery. His mother, Adele, worked in Marchesin wool factory in the town of Arcade (TV) .


 

  • 1954

  • As a teenager, Bruno began an apprenticeship in a workshop in Spresiano and then moved on to a craftsman’s studio in Treviso, in the San Francesco area. On the advice of the master craftsman, he began attending evening courses at the local art institute to learn more about design and history of art.


 

  • 1956

  • He completed his first carved frame: “I remember that I did not want anyone to help me; it was a challenge with myself.”

 


 

  • 1959

  • At the end of his apprenticeship, Bruno moved to Venice with the intention of specialising. Driven by the growing awareness of his own ability, almost immediately he set up his own business with a young Venetian partner and rented a warehouse in Sant’Agostin, in the Sestiere of San Polo.


 

  • 1962

  • The master carver moved to the San Tomà workshop, the current premises of the studio. The premises are located close by the Basilica dei Frari and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Calle dei Calegheri is a street that those arriving in Venice and wishing to reach the Rialto Bridge and Saint Mark’s Square must pass through. This greater visibility led to a sharp increase in business. In those years, Bruno began taking on his first young apprentices, interested in the technique of carving and in restoration.


 

  • 1969

  • After many years of sound cooperation, Bruno and his partner Vittorio decided to take different paths and go their separate ways. That same year, after a few months of engagement, Bruno took the big step and married Elsa.


 

  • 1973

  • After four years of marriage, Bruno and Elsa celebrated the arrival of their first child, Giandomenico.


 

  • 1976

  • Three years after their first child, Marialuisa arrived in the Barbon household.


 

  • 1996

  • Bruno Barbon received the “Osella d’Oro della Sensa award”. The prize is awarded to people that express cultural quality and gifted craftsmanship in the city of Venice. That same year, the studio was renovated: as well as fixing the walls and fittings, the floor was raised by 30cm in order to make the premises less prone to the devastating phenomenon of acqua alta (tide peaks causing flooding in Venice).


 

  • 2002

  • At Venice’s Teatro Goldoni, Bruno received an award in recognition of his forty years of activity.


 

  • 2012

  • Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Venetian Arsenal, the Associazione Artigiani (Craftsman’s Association) awarded Bruno Barbon the “Vecchio Leone” prize as a sign of gratitude and recognition for his commitment to Venetian craftsmanship, during the celebrations held to mark fifty years of his work.