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Chris Carnabuci (born May 13, 1964) is an American sculptor. Specializing in CNC stacked plate method, his work has exhibited at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and featured in numerous publications.
Carnabuci was born and raised in southeastern Massachusetts, the middle child of Catherine and Joseph. After earning a degree in English literature from Providence College and a brief study at Harvard University, Carnabuci moved to New York City. There, he built a career in creating custom furniture as art, eventually leading to sculpting.
Self-taught, Carnabuci initially began sculpting solid wood pieces, and soon after incorporated his skill as a Cad designer to create CNC cut, stacked plate sculptures. This CNC technique slices a 3D model into a set amount of layers, precisely cut and stacked to create an artistic rendition that original model. In most case, the original model is developed by Carnabuci. He is most well known for his works Fertility and Mariposita.
Carnabuci’s first high profile piece, Fertility, is a 30” high CNC sculpture, depicting the bust of Aphrodite set within an egg. The piece was part of a group exhibit in New York City, 2014, which also featured works by Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel and other notable artists. Fertility exhibited for 4 weeks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was eventually auctioned at Sotheby’s.
By far his most well-known work, Mariposita is a massive sculpture of a female figure emerging from a shell (paying homage to Fertility). It is composed of over 2,500 pieces of CNC cut wood, and stands 20’ tall. Carnabuci received an Honorarium Grant from the Burning Man Project to create the piece for exhibit at the 2019 Black Rock City event. Mariposita quickly became a main attraction at the event, and was featured in such publications as Forbes, Business Insider, Artsy and many others. From there, the piece exhibited at the Toronto Light Festival for three months in early 2020, and then in Mexico City.
Carnabuci lives in Cold Spring, NY, with his wife, Paula. Their two daughters, Gabriela and Sophia, live in Brooklyn NY.
In the media
- "Eggclusive: A Look at the Most Stylish Egg Hunt in the World". InStyle. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
- Dobson, Jim. "Burning Man 2019: Sneak Peek At This Years Outrageous Art Installations". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
- Bostock, Bill. "The 5 best art installations coming to Burning Man in 2019". Insider. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
- Lesser, Casey (2019-07-12). "See How a Massive Burning Man Sculpture Comes to Life". Artsy. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
- Chris Carnabuci on Instagram
- See How a Massive Burning Man Sculpture Comes to Life
- Mariposita by Chris Carnabuci — Kickstarter
- Burning Man 2019: 5 best art installations coming to Black
- Burning Man: The Art that Inspired My Reflections on Parenthood
- Chris Carnabuci - Artist - Mariposita | LinkedIn
- Art Installations Archive | Burning Man
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