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Duilio Forte is a half-Italian half-Swedish artist and architect. He was born in Milan in 1967.

His works explore natural and man-made spaces. Poetic spaces. By transposing and actualizing the power of myth he constructs timeless events from a new era: the ArkiZoic.

In 2008 he began an artistic enquiry into the multi-faceted identity of the mythical horse Sleipnir. In Nordic sagas, Sleipnir is Odin's fabulous steed. In Duilio Forte's work, it is a medium through which to rethink the human-nature relation. His Sleipnirs' are sacred spaces. Within, the nature of time itself may be felt in its most authentic form. This research led to the construction of temporary and permanent installations, in cities and forests, in fields and rivers. A herd of Sleipnirs has marched upon such different places as the Venetian Lagoon, the Milan Triennale, Palazzo Carignano in Turin and the Vittoriale along Lake Garda.

Besides the work devoted to Sleipnir, other imaginary animals, breeds crossing myth and hi-tech, are finding a home in the centre of Milan, at the Montanelli gardens. Here Duilio Forte is working in syncretism with the spirit of the place by rebuilding what used to be the old city zoo, but with mythical, fantastic, extinct or “merely" dreamt-up beings, fitted with enough technology inside to enable them to interact with visitors.

The past and the future intermingle in the ArkiZoic era. In a sense, archeology and science-fiction deal with the same subject-matter, the dreamtime-of-time. Integrating this work in daily experience, Duilio Forte builds edifices to safeguard ancient domestic rites: saunas and living spaces. Meanwhile, new traditions are established at the atelierFORTE, founded on March 13, 1998, and at the summer school in Sweden. Here, architecture returns to the workshop, to the patient practice of apprenticeship, its shadowing silences and knowledgeable gestures, back to the working table, to wood and iron. The workday is based upon the ArkiZoic manifesto, which was presented on February 22, 2009, the bicentennial of Darwin's birth. It contains seven rules which touch upon the artistic process as well as upon daily practice. Overall, they reaffirm the subversive value of a resourceful, enterprising attitude to life, as an antidote to all that is dull or banal, a key to the unexpected, the experimental and, ultimately, to evolution.

Twice a guest of the Venice Architecture Biennale, invited to the XXI International Triennale in Milano and ICIF Prize nominee, Duilio Forte currently collaborates with NABA Milano and other Italian and foreign institutions.


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All artworks of Duilio Forte
Print, ArkiZoic Ark 40, Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 40

Duilio Forte

Print - 3.1 x 5.5 x 0 inch

$56

Sculpture, Sleipnir Mini Grund VIII 87751, Duilio Forte

Sleipnir Mini Grund VIII 87751

Duilio Forte

Sculpture - 20.1 x 17.7 x 11.8 inch

$565

Painting, The bridge 41203, Duilio Forte

The bridge 41203

Duilio Forte

Painting - 8.3 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch

$90

Print, ArkiZoic Ark 10, Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 10

Duilio Forte

Print - 3.1 x 5.5 x 0 inch

$56

Painting, Shark 20773, Duilio Forte

Shark 20773

Duilio Forte

Painting - 15.8 x 31.5 x 0.7 inch

$1,243

Painting, Finis Extra 48781, Duilio Forte

Finis Extra 48781

Duilio Forte

Painting - 6.7 x 16.9 x 1.1 inch

$441

Painting, Finis Extra 48779, Duilio Forte

Finis Extra 48779

Duilio Forte

Painting - 10.7 x 13.9 x 2.1 inch

$441

Painting, Finis Extra 48767, Duilio Forte

Finis Extra 48767

Duilio Forte

Painting - 12.5 x 16.9 x 1.2 inch

$475

Painting, Finis Extra 78737, Duilio Forte

Finis Extra 78737

Duilio Forte

Painting - 13 x 16.1 x 1.6 inch

$542

Painting, Ligatus I 33589, Duilio Forte

Ligatus I 33589

Duilio Forte

Painting - 25.6 x 25.4 x 2.2 inch

$362

Painting, Julbock 1618, Duilio Forte

Julbock 1618

Duilio Forte

Painting - 11.8 x 9.8 x 0.8 inch

$249

Painting, Finis Extra48761, Duilio Forte

Finis Extra48761

Duilio Forte

Painting - 10.4 x 10.2 x 0.8 inch

$429

Painting, Finis Extra 60413, Duilio Forte

Finis Extra 60413

Duilio Forte

Painting - 7.5 x 12.2 x 1.6 inch

$429

Print, ArkiZoic Ark 80, Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 80

Duilio Forte

Print - 3.1 x 5.5 x 0 inch

$56

Print, ArkiZoic Ark 5, Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 5

Duilio Forte

Print - 3.1 x 5.5 x 0 inch

$56

Print, ArkiZoic Ark 3, Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 3

Duilio Forte

Print - 3.1 x 5.5 x 0 inch

$56

Print, ArkiZoic Ark 1, Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 1

Duilio Forte

Print - 3.1 x 5.5 x 0 inch

$56

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Who is the artist?

Duilio Forte is a half-Italian half-Swedish artist and architect. He was born in Milan in 1967.

His works explore natural and man-made spaces. Poetic spaces. By transposing and actualizing the power of myth he constructs timeless events from a new era: the ArkiZoic.

In 2008 he began an artistic enquiry into the multi-faceted identity of the mythical horse Sleipnir. In Nordic sagas, Sleipnir is Odin's fabulous steed. In Duilio Forte's work, it is a medium through which to rethink the human-nature relation. His Sleipnirs' are sacred spaces. Within, the nature of time itself may be felt in its most authentic form. This research led to the construction of temporary and permanent installations, in cities and forests, in fields and rivers. A herd of Sleipnirs has marched upon such different places as the Venetian Lagoon, the Milan Triennale, Palazzo Carignano in Turin and the Vittoriale along Lake Garda.

Besides the work devoted to Sleipnir, other imaginary animals, breeds crossing myth and hi-tech, are finding a home in the centre of Milan, at the Montanelli gardens. Here Duilio Forte is working in syncretism with the spirit of the place by rebuilding what used to be the old city zoo, but with mythical, fantastic, extinct or “merely" dreamt-up beings, fitted with enough technology inside to enable them to interact with visitors.

The past and the future intermingle in the ArkiZoic era. In a sense, archeology and science-fiction deal with the same subject-matter, the dreamtime-of-time. Integrating this work in daily experience, Duilio Forte builds edifices to safeguard ancient domestic rites: saunas and living spaces. Meanwhile, new traditions are established at the atelierFORTE, founded on March 13, 1998, and at the summer school in Sweden. Here, architecture returns to the workshop, to the patient practice of apprenticeship, its shadowing silences and knowledgeable gestures, back to the working table, to wood and iron. The workday is based upon the ArkiZoic manifesto, which was presented on February 22, 2009, the bicentennial of Darwin's birth. It contains seven rules which touch upon the artistic process as well as upon daily practice. Overall, they reaffirm the subversive value of a resourceful, enterprising attitude to life, as an antidote to all that is dull or banal, a key to the unexpected, the experimental and, ultimately, to evolution.

Twice a guest of the Venice Architecture Biennale, invited to the XXI International Triennale in Milano and ICIF Prize nominee, Duilio Forte currently collaborates with NABA Milano and other Italian and foreign institutions.

When was Duilio Forte born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1967