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Fabio Bordi

Fabio Bordi Mosaic maker
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Italian, English
Hours:
Monday to Saturday 11:30 - 20:00 (Saturday only September to May)
Phone:
+39 3471883124
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A life-changing encounter

  • • Fabio specialises in the micromosaic technique
  • • He knew straight away that this was the craft for him
  • • It takes six months to create a 50cm x 70cm mosaic panel

Sometimes destiny is simply written on a sign. This is what happened to Fabio Bordi, a young man of 27 who had a promising career in finance. One day in 2005, while he was strolling through the centre of Rome, he spotted a note in the window of a workshop. It said 'Mosaic courses held here'. Fabio knew nothing about mosaics, but nonetheless he decided to enrol in the course. “I grew up in the city centre and have admired art and beauty ever since I was a child," he says. Though he'd always wanted to go to art school, his parents had preferred him to pursue a more conventional career. So when he found the mosaic course, "It was an opportunity for me to explore the part of my being which had remained dormant. Little did I know it would change my entire existence.”

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Earth

This micro-mosaic of Planet Earth was made using the Roman cutting technique. Based on an original photo taken from the Geosat satellite, the planet is mounted on a single slab of milky-black marble (Brazilian granite). The seas and oceans were created using lapis lazuli, a semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its deep blue colour.

Length 85 cm
Width 70 cm

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Madonna con Bambino

This micro-mosaic of the Madonna and Child was made using the Roman cutting technique. The tesserae range in size from a square millimetre to a square centimetre, enabling an extremely detailed rendering of colours and shades.

Length 52 cm
Width 52 cm

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Centauro - Ostia Antica

This micro-mosaic is a copy of a mosaic floor from the forum of Ostia Antica in Rome. The black and white mosaic depicting a centaur shooting an arrow from a stretched bow was made using the Roman cutting technique.

Length 39 cm
Width 31 cm

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Memento Mori

Based on an original work from Pompeii created in the 1st century AD, this micro-mosaic was made using the Roman cutting technique. The theme of the mosaic, Memento Mori (“remember that you must die”), goes back to ancient Greece and is reflection on the briefness of life, exploring how the arrival of death pushes aside notions of social class.

Length 37 cm
Width 33 cm

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Medusa

This micro-mosaic of the Gorgoneion is an exact copy of a 2nd century AD mosaic preserved in the National Roman Museum in Rome’s Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. Fabio worked with the museum in the restoration of the original piece in 2010. The micro-mosaic was made using the Roman cutting technique.

Length 65 cm
Width 65 cm

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