Antonio Pio Saracino was born in 1976 in Apulia, Italy. He studied at Rome’s “La Sapienza” University of Architecture where he graduated cum laude with a master’s degree in architecture. He began his career working in architectural firms, including Massimiliano Fuksas in Rome. Saracino has engaged in a multidisciplinary practice throughout his career discovering a deep passion for creating large-scale, site-specific public art installations and his works have been realized in diverse architectural locations spanning the US, South America, Middle East and Europe.
Saracino has designed buildings, monuments and products. His work is part of the permanent collection of several museums, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the LACMA Museum in Los Angles, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and the MAAS Museum in Sydney.
In 2013, Saracino was commissioned to design The Guardians: Hero and Superhero, two 13-foot-tall sculptures, one made of marble, the other in stainless steel, for permanent installation at the entrance to New York City’s Bryant Park. An edition of The Guardians: Hero, inspired by Michelangelo’s David and a modern representation of Italy, was included in the 2014 exhibition at the Accademia Gallery in Florence in proximity to Michelangelo’s David.
In addition, a select group of Saracino’s public art commissions include, Adolescence of Force (2007-2008), created after Saracino won the Agorafolly Art competition in Brussels, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the European Union; Hero (2015), an edition of Hero was installed at the Entrance of Art Miami; City Within (2013) an installation in Dubai Mall for Design Days Dubai; Gate 150 (2011) at the Caraffa Museum in Cordoba, Argentina, and the MuBE Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Arches of Hope (2012) an interactive installation installed in Times Square, New York City for MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation; The Totems (2015) a permanent installation on the roof garden of the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles; Black Hole (2015) for Milan Design Week and installed at the Università degli Studi di Milano and the Fondaziona CUOA, Villa Morosini in Vicenza. A new site-specific sculpture, titled Life, will be installed in 2017 at the entrance of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Saracino has received two American Architecture Award in 2007 and 2014 from the Chicago Athenaeum and Museum of Architecture, is a four-time winner of Interior Design’s Future Furniture design competition, was named one of the world’s “25 Most Interesting Trendsetters” by ARTnews in 2008 and was recognized as one of the “Top Ten Italian Architects Under 36” by New Italian Blood in 2011. In 2010, his work was selected as part of the Italian Pavilion in the World for the 54th Venice Biennale. Over the past ten years, he’s exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, and Australia.
His design work has been featured in Interior Design’s “Best of the Year” issue and the “Global Shop” section of Wallpaper*, as well as prominent international publications, such as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, and Vogue.
Antonio Pio Saracino became a United States Citizen in 2016 and lives and works in New York City.