Maria Gamundi:

Spirito Libero

27 February 2020 | 23 minutes
Sculputor Maria Gamundi standing in a marble quarry

Maria Gamundi is a sculptor working mainly with the female figure. She was born in Caracas, Venuzuela, later moving to New York to study at the Pratt Institute before coming to Pietrasanta in 1973 where she was one of the few women carving in marble.

More recently, Maria helped fulfil the dream of a grieving mother who wanted a special memorial to her daughter who was killed by a drunk driver on a busy stretch of road by the seaside. She tells how the two of them came together to create the sculpture Spirito Libero to remember the girl and act as a warning to drivers.

marble sculpture of girl surrounded by clouds

Maria Gamundi, Spirito Libero, 2019

marble sculpture of a young woman positioned on water

Maria Gamundi, Selene, 2013

Sculptor in their studio with a selection clay models

Maria with Selene in Studio Nicola Stagetti. Photo: Giorgio Cespa

Artist in their studio surrounded by their sculptures

Maria in her studio. Photo: Stefano Baroni


Episode edited by Duncan Thornley at MAP Studios.

Music: Thanks to Coro Versilia. You will hear more about this extraordinary choir later in Materially Speaking as they are an integral part of Pietrasanta’s artistic community and play at many unveilings of finished sculptures. On Maria‚Äôs episode we have used their recording of Signore delle Cime (Lord of the Mountain Tops) written by Bepi De Marzi in 1958 and dedicated to a friend of his who died while climbing.

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