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Sofia Luzzi


Restorer & Painter

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Sofia Luzzi


Restorer & Painter

People don’t believe me at first when I say I can restore anything, but I’ve worked on Canova sculptures in St. Peter’s, crumbling frescoes on a centuries-old vaulted ceiling, typical wooden antique chairs, and even ancient mummies! It comes from being a trained artist first, and a restorer second.
— Sofia Luzzi
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Biography


Passion for artistic preservation

Biography


Passion for artistic preservation

Sofia Luzzi is a multitalented restorer with an extensive international career in both restoration and fine art, and specializes in restorations that require an artistic hand. Protecting artistic treasures of wold patrimony as well as preserving artistic traditions are what compelled her to embark on a career in cultural safeguarding.

She has been responsible for restorations in various UNESCO Sites of World Heritage, including the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Cathedral, handling a wide variety of prestigious works including plaster reliefs in the Sistine Chapel, sarcophagi dating back to Antiquity, and even 18th-century sculpture of Antonio Canova. Other noteworthy sites include the Diocletian Museum, Palazzo Venezia, Castello Colonna, Palazzo Chigi, Palazzo del Quirinale, Santa Maria in Trastevere, various embassies in Rome, and many historic fountains of Villa Pamphili, Villa Sciarra, and Villa Borghese to name a small fraction. She has also undertaken extensive restorations of wall paintings, including notable grottesche from a historic palazzo in Rome's Campo dei Fiori. Her reputation as one of the best restorers in the world has given her access to a wide scope of international projects. In Argentina, for example, she handles the restoration of ancient mummies from the collection of the Ethnographic Museum of Buenos Aires

In parallel to her restoration work, she has exhibited original works of fine art in dozens of solo and group shows internationally; engravings, drawings, murals, and sculpture among them. This artistic skill allows her to not only restore artistic works with detail and sensitivity, but also create custom new works inspired by historic, particularly Renaissance, tradition and according to clients' tastes.

Her academic credentials include:

  • Certifications in Restoration of Mural Paintings, Plaster, and Stone Media from CEFME, Rome

  • Diplomas in National Techniques for Conservation and Restoration, in Techniques and Methodology for Painting Restoration, and in Ceramic Restoration from the Scuola Nazionale Superiore di Ceramica, Buenos Aires 

  • Doctorate in Sculpture as well as Engraving from the Pueyrredon National School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires

  • Master in Design from from the Belgrano National School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires