Born in Rome, Narcissus Quagliata studied painting with Giorgio De Chirico before moving to the US at age 19 and completing his fine arts training at the San Francisco Art Institute. Known for his pioneering work in the painterly use of frit, stringer, and sheet glass, the artist continues to develop methods that allow for an even greater sense of fluidity, both in process and in finished results. Quagliata's recent monumental glass works include one built on Michelangelo's last Roman basilica and another in a Taiwanese transportation station. He's the subject of Narcissus Quagliata: Archetypes and Visions in Light and Glass, published in 2012.

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