Fausto Balbo, born in 1970, lives and works in Garessio (CN) Italy.
He has always been passionately interested in sound and the construction of musical instruments, and over the years the latter have become the sonic art sculptures that he currently makes. After a period of experimentation and study, he began to develop an audio-visual form of expression in which the soloist, the performer, is no longer present, and is replaced by autonomous sculptures. A human presence is necessary to launch the process: from that moment on, the score, execution and performance will be determined by “imperceptible and unfathomable” factors. He personally curates every step in the construction of his pieces; aesthetically, he takes inspiration from the components that will become part of the work itself, and from the physical and mechanical requirements of the action that it is designed to perform. Sometimes his works begin with sketches that allow him to assess the final proportions, on other occasions he makes them directly, shaping the components that he has available. He likes using found materials as a way of documenting the things that we are abandoning; he re-uses different types of object, privileging retro-technology, changing their use (rebirth, survival, metamorphosis), often highlighting what remains concealed by the exterior of the items that are around us in everyday life, dedicating particular attention to the energy, electromagnetic waves and sounds that they emit. The part of the process described up until now represents the initial act of creation; this is followed by his desire to “reveal what is imperceptible and unfathomable to the naked eye”, an area of sensory perception in which sound and electromagnetism are observed by means of the movement of components that interact with these forces, audible sounds generated by an action triggered by a sound that we cannot hear, a cause-effect relationship in which kinetics and cymatics mutually interact. Balbo likes the idea of miniaturizing events linked to existence, the life of the cosmos and an imperfect equilibrium in which everything occurs through probability, and not through certainty. In his works, he invites spectators to reflect on the actions of the invisible puppeteer, on what cannot be seen by the unassisted eye, on synaesthetic perception, on playful actions with a child’s curiosity, on letting one’s thoughts wander within the world of sound. He wants to encourage a desire to see the work in action, to discover the result of its operation. He considers sculpture solely as a means of revealing that which would otherwise be imperceptible.

group exhibitions

ArtVerona Digital Yellow with Valmore Studio d'Arte, 4/14 December 2020

Arte e Luce, June 19 / October 2 - 2020 Valmore Studio D'Arte, Vicenza, Italy

Arte e Suono with Valmore Studio d'Arte, November 9 - 2019 / February 2 - 2020
Rocca Roveresca, Senigallia (AN) Italy

ArtVerona 2019 with Valmore Studio d'Arte, October 11/13 - 2019,
Verona - Italy

Futurismo@Postfuturismo, April 27 / June 30 - 2019,
Galleria Comunale di Arte Contemporanea i Molini, Portogruaro (VE), Italy

Cinematismi with Complus Events, January 17/18/20/24/25/27 - 2019
at Contemporary Cluster, Rome - Italy

ArtVerona 2018 with Valmore Studio d'Arte, October 02/05 - 2018,
Verona - Italy

FB42 Concerto per musicista pigro with Valmore Studio d'Arte e Studio d'Arte Raffaelli,
August 10 - 2018, Tagliata Superiore di Civezzano (TN), Italy

Arte Forte 2018 with Valmore Studio d'Arte, June 29 / September 23 - 2018,
Riva del Garda (TN), Italy

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ArtVerona 2017 with Valmore Studio d'Arte, October 13/16 - 2017,
Verona - Italy

AccaAtelier 2017, September 22 / October 21 - 2017, Atelier Giorgi,
Turin - Italy

Arte interattiva, July 01 / October 29 - 2017, MACA
Acri (CS) - Italy

1957 Macchine, July 7/16 - 2017, Castello della Lengueglia Costa del Carretto,
Garlenda (SV) - Italy

About noise, June 02/18 - 2017, Galleria Comunale di Arte Contemporanea i Molini,
Portogruaro (VE) - Italy

Ciclo experimental italiano, October 29 - 2015, Crater Lab,
Barcelona, Spain

Enigmatico stilnovo, October 18 - 2015, Jolly Roger 2,
Rome, Italy

Geometrie per segnali luminosi, January 30/31 - 2015, Future Perfect Blueroom,
Rialto Rome, Italy


Garessio (CN) Italy - mail:

Contra' Porta S. Croce 14, 36100 Vicenza – Italia
tel + 39 0444 322557 -

via Palestro 4/e 35137 Padova – Italia
tel +39 049 2021191

Translated by: Henry Neuteboom