With great sculptural skill, Flavia Robalo creates an atmospherically dense cosmos centered on female figures that seem dreamlike and immersed in themselves. In formal terms, she develops her protagonists in the field of tension between movement and pause. Behind each work lies a fictional story. The artistic interest is not so much in the telling per se, the depiction of certain incidents, but rather in the exploration and visualization of deep human emotions such as vulnerability, strength, freedom or loneliness. Robalo’s works refer to an existential dimension: they can be understood as the essence of being human that has become substance
Traditional materials such as bronze, iron, marble and especially wood are used in various ways. For the formal search and execution of a sculptural work the artist refrains from working with a living model. Her own drawings or photographs guide her in the implementation of an idea in the medium of sculpture. For the viewer, the material chosen for each subject remains clearly recognizable. These visible traces of the process of creation are an eminent part of the artwork; they contribute to its aesthetic effect.
Flavia Robalo was born in Buenos Aires in 1973. Before attending the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón from 1994 to 1996, she was a student of and assistant to the sculptor Orio dal Porto (1938-2016) for one year. In 1996, Robalo also completed a degree in psychology at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 1997 she moved to Pietrasanta (Tuscany) to improve her skills as a sculptor. Robalo regularly participates in solo and group exhibitions as well as sculpture symposiums in European and Latin American countries. Her work has repeatedly received awards. Robalo lives and works in Pietrasanta.