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Minimal Surfaces by Davide Prete (Spotlight Winner)

  • Touchstone Gallery 901 New York Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)



September 4 - 29, 2019

Minimal Surfaces by Davide Prete
Spotlight Art Series@Touchstone Guest Artist

Art Reception: Friday, September 13, 6 - 8:30pm

Davide Prete’s work has focused on new technologies such as 3D printing and laser scanning combined with traditional metalsmithing techniques. For his latest projects, mathematical equations (especially Scherk Collins surfaces) provide him with a pretext to connect figurative images with a new language, to discover what he called “a new forms of shamanism.” 

Prete was born in Treviso, Italy, and introduced to the art of metalsmithing by his father Alessandro and by the sculptor Toni Benetton. He studied jewelry and metalsmithing at the Institute of Art in Venice and, in 2003, obtained a degree in architecture. Prete worked as an architect for several Italian architectural firms, especially with Toni Follina. After meeting his wife in Zimbabwe, he moved to the United States. In 2010 he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Fontbonne University, Saint Louis, where he studied under the guidance of Hank Knickmeyer and developed a personal sculptural process, mixing traditional metal casting and new technologies such as 3D printing and laser scanning. He moved to Washington, DC and started working as a professor of fine art later that year and is an assistant professor at the University of the District of Columbia and a professorial lecturer at George Washington University Corcoran School of Art & Design. 

Prete’s work has been shown in both national and international venues (Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, England, France and the USA). His latest public work “Freedom to Read” has been installed in August at the Capitol View Library in Washington DC.

Please visit artist’s website at to learn more about his work.