Antonio Sgarbossa was born in Fontaniva, near Venice, in 1945. At the age of 11 his parents directed him towards an artistic career through apprenticeship in a local ceramic laboratory. There he mastered the use of paintbrushes by decorating ceramics and later on he discovered the oil paint, that led him to participate in several collective exhibitions in Italy.
In 1971 he moved to Switzerland where he met with experienced swiss painters who introduced him to the academic portrait tradition. In 1977, back in Fontaniva, he opened a ceramic laboratory and started modelling sculptures.
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