Riccardo Licata


Riccardo Licata was born on 20th December 1929 in Turin, Italy.


He moved to Venice in 1946, after graduating from the artistic High School, he began his studies at the “Accademia delle Belle Arti” in Venice.

With his friend Lucio Fontana, they were very active in the “spaceism” movement, founded in 1946.

His first personal exhibition took place in 1951 at the Galleria Bevilacqua La Masa. He also exhibited at the 28th Biennale Internazionale d’Arte in Venice in 1956, and he did many others exhibition.

By frequenting various glassworker (such as S.A.L.I.R or Gino Cenedese), he became more and more involved with mosaic and Murano Glass.

The collaboration with Venini in Murano began in 1953 for a very short period to stop in 1954.


Riccardo Licata will bring to Venini a new vision of murrine work based on signs and scripts.

These murrines will be used for the production of small pieces but also of larger ones using “ad incalmo” technique.

The majority of the pieces using a band of murrine between two bands of bright colored glass.

A major contribution that fits perfectly with the work of Paolo Venini, then general manager, but also artistic director of the manufacture.

Riccardo Licata developed a series of different designs for the murrines such as the”spugna”, “pettine” , “trifoglio”, “quadrato” and “ruota”.


Licata’s works for Venini will be exhibited in various European exhibitions.


1956, Venice, 28th Biennale Internazionale d’arte

1956, Göteborg, Murano glas

1957, Hanover, Venini Murano, Orrefors Schweden : Glas

1957, Linz, Venini-Murano und Orrefors-Schweden

1957, Vienna, Venini Murano Glas

1960, Milan, 12th Triennale di Milano, exhibition in memory of Paolo Venini


Riccardo Licata worked as a independent glass designer and painter till his death in 2014 in Venice.

Picture from book Paolo Venini and his furnace - SKIRA Edition ( p.436 ) c. 1956
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