Riccardo Cordero was born in Alba, in the Northern Italian province of Cuneo, in 1942. After studying art at school, he graduated in Sculpture from the Accademy of Fine Arts. He taught at Turin´s First Artistic High School until 1984, and from there on he taught at the Accademia Albertina of Fine Arts in Turin, Bologna and Milan. In 1992 he was assigned the Chair of Sculpture at the Accademia Albertina of Fine Arts in Turin, where he was Head of Sculpture Department until 2000. Presently he is the President of the Associazione Piemontese Arte in Turin. Since 1960 he exhibited his works in most important national and international art shows . In 2016 he was commissioned by the City of Kluftern – Germany, to build the monumental sculpture in corten steel Energia Vitale and by the City of Haining – China, to make the big sculpture The wonderful tide in the new Sculpture Park, as winner of the Tide Competition.
The sculpture, with the explanatory title of E. T., belongs to a recent series of works by Riccardo Cordero where the desire to trace the space where they’re placed as a physical “presence” and not just as a representative one. A nucleus composed of circular elements, cut and incomplete, born from four vertical elements that looks like they are keeping it down, in place, as to prevent its explosion. The apparent instability of the whole creates complex and unexpected visual paths. The eye of the observer is led to follow the curved lines and the short segments unconsciously trying to unravel this bundle of signs where the relation between filled and empty spaces creates an evocative formal complexity. The artist, not by chance, insists on the concepts of the “sculpture as a presence”, that is the activation of simultaneous perceptions that involves the artworks and their surrounding without having one prevailing over the other.