An inhabitant of Tuscany's Versilia area by adoption and by personal choice, Claudio Capotondi was born in Tarquinia (Lazio) in 1937, where he lived and worked until he moved to Rome, and then to New York. In the meantime, however, he discovered that Pietrasanta was the ideal place to create his artworks—a place that allowed him to live in direct contact with the prime materials he used for his sculptures. Bronze, but mainly marble, are his preferred materials. Throughout his artistic career, he has found that the harder materials, like marble, porphyry and travertine are the best ones to use to represent his artistic thought and inspiration.
Working with hard materials requires a lot of discipline, and through their prolonged application, they become an element of fusion between the artistic language and the materials used. This fusion gives his artistic expression the necessary force to mark the spatial tension that surprises the spectator and opens their mind. This is a symbiosis between the stone and the artists’ experience that is evidenced in his own description of his work: ‘Marble is like life, soft along the grain and hard along the counter-grain’. Marble materializes with geometric experiences that impress the material, connecting it and then breaking it, allowing the spectator’s gaze to explore the complexity of intimacy as well as the complexity of the world, in general.
Vito Apuleo says: "Where Capotondi expresses the tensions of his artistic journey the best is in his investigation of the sphere. His is a sphere that he attempts to penetrate on the inside by sectioning it and shattering it, until he finds a solution in the dialectic between geometric system and natural mystery.”
Today, his monumental artworks are part of many public and private collections in Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Libya, Japan, USA and other countries.