Viliano Tarabella is a noble marble artist who was born in January 1937 in Giustignana, Carrara. At the age of 13, he began learning the sculptor’s trade in a workshop, where Enzo Nenci also apprenticed, and that was owned by his friend, the literati Garibaldo Alessandrini from Querceta (a fraction of Seravezza). Indeed, many sculptors have chosen the Versilia as their home: they not only find well-equipped marble workshops to work in, but also the most experimental workshops of the visual arts in general.
In 1957, Tarabella moved to Paris, where he worked on the suggestive ‘Ruche’ piece. Since 1961, he has collaborated with artists and sculptors like Dideron and Jean Arp. Finally in 1966, he exhibited his sculptures for the first time. From then on, he participated in numerous collective and individual international exhibitions. Throughout this period, he periodically returned to Seravezza to work in Giorgio Angeli a Pozzi’s sculpting workshop.
In his early works, the marble surface is very polished, almost soft looking; enough to transform the stone into another kind of material. Today, many of his works enrich the urban landscape of Pietrasanta, which is considered an open-air museum. The sculpture entitled, “Famme Fleur” adorns the new roundabout on Via di Scorrimento, in the artisan district of Portone. This piece by Tarabella compliments another work, called “L’oiseau”, which was donated by Jean Michel Folon, located at the nearby crossroads on Viale Apua.