Luigi ‘Lou’ Mariani
Lou says stone is forever lasting: a legacy to future generations. His Italian parents never encouraged him towards an art career, feeling that there was little money to be made in such pursuits. Yet, Lou has contributed to varied design ideas that are incorporated into today’s cars, beautiful handmade lutes and guitars, as well as reproductions of Gothic ornaments, and other architectural features.
Although largely self taught, using his own inner talents to formulate his ideas, he achieves beauty, balance and elegance in his pieces. He attended many Adult Education workshops, symposiums and sculpture classes for guidance, which combined with his drive to express himself has produced spectacular works of art. He considers himself a realist sculptor with a flair for stylizing.
Lou also studied under renowned sculptor Bela Bacsi, learning the old world technique of stone carving that reproduces a sculpture using the point method. Using a brass, mechanical device (called in Italian), Makeneta del Punti, the artist is able reproduce in stone the identical image of any object designed. An apprenticeship with Bela in tool fabrication also taught him the sharpening and tempering of iron chisels. After many months his understanding of the grades of marble and a many other stones was also accomplished. He mastered the fine technique of carving in rhythmical lines to connect various points in the stone. His carving method is very disciplined and exacting, one not all sculptors are familiar with.
Lou’s show participation and honors include:
1985 thru 2001 – Santa Barbara Sculptor’s Guild – Faulkner Gallery Santa Barbara Art Association & Santa Barbara Sculptor’s Guild:
- 1995 – Red Ribbon
- 1997 – Honorable Mention
Santa Barbara Sculptor’s Guild 1997 – Tony Priolo People’s Choice Award
Santa Barbara County Fair- 1989 thru 2001: three Director’s Awards, three Best of Show & five Blue Ribbons
Los Olivos Quick Draw Sculpture Demonstration – 1998 thru 2001
Santa Barbara Rotary Club Sunken Garden Show, Fine Arts – 1998 thru1999
Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History Art Walk-1998 thru 2001
Santa Barbara Visual Art Show- 2000 & 2001
Design Arc Architectural Show – 2001
Fulfilling his desire to contribute to today’s youth, the last two summers Lou shared his carving knowledge by teaching at Zaca Creek Youth Camp in Santa Barbara County.