The world is color, nature is color, culture and art are color, as well as the psyche.

Narcissus Quagliata

Narcissus Quagliata b. 1942

Born in Rome in 1942, Narcissus Quagliata studied painting with Giorgio De Chirico before moving to San Francisco at the age of 19 where he studied painting and graphics with Richard Diebenkorn at the Art Institute. Soon after graduating with an MFA in painting in 1968, he began working in glass and has continued to do so since then, using it as his principle form of artistic expression. He made a name for himself by addressing subjects and issues in glass that were typically handled by painters, as well as by developing new methods of glass fusing. By approaching stained and fused glass in a painterly way, he pioneered new ways of thinking about and approaching these ancient media. Currently residing in Mexico, Quagliata’s monumental works display the artist’s nuanced understanding of the relationship between light and color.

His work has been exhibited in museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum, New York City; De Young Museum, San Francisco; Museum of Light, Mexico City; Museum of Glass San Ildefonso, Segovia, and many more. Some of his major public works by include Wind, Fire and Time, a 6700- square-foot, public commissioned, fused and stained glass dome in the Central Station of Taiwan’s metro system in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2008); Divinity in Light, a dome of glass over the entry Rotunda of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome, Italy (1999); Return to the Cosmos, a 360-square-foot backlit glass mural in an office tower lobby at Reforma 115, Mexico City, Mexico, (2004); and most recently The Resurrection Window in Leawood Kansas, a 3440-square-foot fused glass window designed by Tim Carey and created in collaboration with Judson Studios (2017)

Auction Results Narcissus Quagliata