Helidon Xhixha

Born in Durrës, Albania in 1970 but lives and works between Milan and Dubai.

Helidon Xhixha spent his childhood in the studio of his father from whom he inherits a strong passion for fine art but particularly for sculpture. In 1998 he wins a scholarship at the Kingston University of London and in February 1999, he graduates at BRERA, the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy.

 

Xhixha is a sculptor who creates three-dimensional and often large-scale works that refract and reflect the environments in which they're placed, most famously through carefully engineered works of polished steel. Although he has also extensively worked with glass, steel has remained his primary muse and material for over 15 years.

 

His art has a very contemporary identity due to the diversity of his creative processes resulting from his artistic exigencies with the emphasis placed upon the aesthetic tension derived from the relationship between the physical expressiveness of the materials used and the effects of light.

 

"Iceberg", a powerful mass of steel emerging from the water is Xhixha most famous work devoted to the issue of climate change, it was the first installation ever to obtain permission to float on the Grand Canal, during the Venice Biennale in 2015. The work also draws the attention of international media as The New York Times, The Guardian and CNN. To mark the opening of the London Design Biennale in 2016, Xhixha was commissioned to design the layout of the central courtyard in Somerset House and he won the Public Medal Award for best installation with "Bliss", a series of concentric yet dramatically split blocks designed as a visual metaphor for the migration of peoples, inspired by Plato's Ideal City.

 

Xhixha's sculptures have also appeared in museums, art fairs, and public buildings across the globe. He has contributed work to the National 9/11 Memorial in New York and was recently commissioned to design works for luxury residence.