Photograph by Kurt Wilson

Alessandro Gallo
Birth Date: March 7, 1974

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Alessandro Gallo is a contemporary ceramic artist renowned for his anthropomorphic, hybrid sculptures. His creations are half-animal, half-human, highlighting the link between the human and animal worlds and using these creatures as stand-ins for the human experience. Gallo studied at Central St. Martins College of Art and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2002. While in college studying painting, he began experimenting with digital photography and manipulating images to create scenes of animals in familiar city settings. By 2005, he had transitioned into digitally making hybrids and decided to give his creatures a physical presence by sculpting them from clay. His work caught international attention at the 2011 Venice Biennale, one of the largest and most important contemporary visual art exhibitions in the world. In 2014, Gallo founded Studio740 in Montana with ceramicist Beth Cavener, an artist in residency and collaborative space for emerging and established ceramics artists. He has been a part of numerous group and solo exhibitions worldwide since 2002, and was a presenter at the 2023 Ceramic Sculpture Conference in California. He has earned numerous awards and residencies since 2009 and has been a demonstrating artist for NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts). His work is in the permanent collections of the Flint Institute of Art, the Public Art Museum of Seto, Japan, and the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy, as well as numerous private collections. "Gently Down the Stream" was also selected by Fondation Bernardaud in Limoges, France, for their annual show in Contemporary Ceramics. Gallo is currently a long-term artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.