Born on 7 May 1966 in Rome, son of the Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn and his second wife, costume designer Iolanda Addolori, Lorenzo Quinn had a childhood split between Italy and the United States of America. His father had a profound influence on him, both in terms of living in the limelight of the film world and with respect to Anthony’s early work in painting and architecture.
Lorenzo Quinn studied at the American Academy of Fine Arts in New York and in 1988 married Giovanna Cicutto, and on the birth of the first of their three sons they decided to leave New York and settle in Spain.
Quinn’s work appears in many private collections throughout the world and has been exhibited internationally during the past 20 years. Among his commissions is The Tree of Life , produced for the United Nations and issued by the organisation as a stamp in 1993.
The following year the Vatican engaged him to sculpt the likeness of Saint Anthony for the Basilica del Santo in Padua, in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the saint’s birth.
Quinn’s public art includes Encounters, which was unveiled in 2003 opposite the Museum of Modern Art in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In Birmingham, his Tree of Life was erected outside St Mar tin’s Church in 2005 to commemorate those who died in the Second World War blitz on the city.
In November 2005 one of Quinn’s largest public sculptures, Rise Through Education, was installed at ASPIRE, the Academy of Sports Excellence, in Doha, commissioned by the state of Qatar.
Unique among his works as a living monument, Legacy (2006) was sculpted for Sant Climent de Llobregat in Spain.
In summer 2010, Quinn’s sculpture, Vroom Vroom, was on show at the Institute of Modern Art in Valencia and in January 2011 on Park Lane, London.
2010 was also marked with several international exhibitions, including at the Rarity Gallery in Greece, the Marigold Gallery in India, the Rafart Gallery in Spain, the Heward Art Gallery in Saudi Arabia and the Ode to Art Gallery in Singapore.
In spring 2011, Lorenzo Quinn was invited to participate in the first Biennale di Scultura, an exhibition of outdoor sculpture in Rome (24th May – 31st July 2011) with La Dolce Vita.
In summer 2011 Lorenzo Quinn was selected as the exhibiting artist for the Italian Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale with the installation This is Not a Game, positioned in San Servolo and then in the Italian Pavilion in the Arsenale.
Later in 2011 Lorenzo Quinn was invited to exhibit Leap of Faith and Hand of God at the Winter Palace in the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, alongside an exhibition of outdoor sculptures by Henry Moore. The installations, curated by Ekaterina Lopatkina, Curator of Contemporary Art at the State Hermitage Museum, coincided with ‘White Nights’.
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