Born in 1962, Giancarlo starts working at the age of 14 under the supervision of his older bro-ther Pino, a glass master of international fame. He then moves on and works for other Venetian furnaces.Giancarlo has to his credit more than 300 works, 50 exhibitions and 30 awards.
In 1989, Giancarlo Signoretto took a significant step in his career by opening his own furnace in Murano. This marked the beginning of a new chapter where he would showcase his exceptional glassmaking skills. During this time, Giancarlo had the opportunity to collaborate with renowned painters such as Leismuller, De Vittori, Badley, Licata, and Valle. These collaborations enriched his artistic journey and contributed to the development of his unique style.
The year 1990 was filled with remarkable milestones for Giancarlo Signoretto. His artistic prowess gained international recognition as his art works were exhibited in prestigious cities such as Paris, Milan, Singapore, and Amsterdam. A highlight of this year was the visit from German chancellor Helmut Kohl, who recognized Giancarlo’s exceptional talent. Furthermore, he ventured to Detroit, where he shared his glassmaking expertise and had the honor of presenting one of his art pieces to Pope John Paul II, leaving a lasting impression on both the art world and religious community.
In the year 2000, Giancarlo Signoretto’s creative journey reached new heights as he created a stunning glass statue for Toyota. This project showcased his ability to combine elegance and craftsmanship, leaving a lasting impression on both the automotive industry and the art world. Throughout the early 2000s, Giancarlo returned to his roots in Murano and collaborated with various furnaces, continuously pushing the boundaries of glassmaking. His exceptional talent was sought after for creating trophies for prestigious sports events, cementing his reputation as a master in his craft.
As the years went by, Giancarlo Signoretto’s artistic contributions continued to make waves. In 2011, he shared his knowledge and expertise by teaching glassmaking at Scuola Del Vetro Abate Zanetti, inspiring and mentoring over 3,000 students. This commitment to passing on his skills ensured the preservation and growth of the Murano glassmaking tradition. Additionally, Giancarlo’s collaboration with fellow artists remained a central part of his artistic journey. In 2013, he had the privilege of creating art pieces for notable personalities such as Valerie Biden and Lady Gaga, further expanding his artistic reach and leaving a mark in popular culture.
Giancarlo Signoretto’s creative journey continued to flourish in the following years. In 2015, he crafted sculptures for Prince Albert II and Sebastian Vettel, showcasing his ability to capture the essence of his subjects in glass. Collaborating with Chinese artist Ma Desheng opened new avenues for cultural exchange and artistic exploration. In 2016, Giancarlo’s creation, “Nymph,” became a highlight of the Montecarlo Television Festival, attracting attention from influential figures like Juan Carlos of Spain and Lewis Hamilton.
His dedication to his craft and his ability to create captivating art pieces earned him well-deserved recognition, including the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2021. Additionally, Giancarlo’s involvement in designing awards for Canneseries and his participation in artistic twinning projects demonstrated his ongoing commitment to pushing boundaries and shaping the world of glass art.
Select clients: Pope John Paul II, Albert II Prince of Monaco, Lady Gaga, Vivienne Westwood, Sebastian Vettel, Roger Federer, David Niven, Helmut Kohl, Hellen Mirren, Mariska Hargitay.
These are just a few notable clients who have commissioned or received works from Giancarlo Signoretto throughout his career.