|After his overwhelming introduction in 1999, Corda has established his name in the Netherlands with his participation in the Den Haag Sculptuur from 2000-2003 and the Boulevard of Sculptures in Kijkduin in 2002, 2002, and 2003, as well as with his displays at the Realism 04 and 05 art fairs in Amsterdam. Since 1999 Corda has been exclusively represented in the Netherlands by De Twee Pauwen Gallery.
As a sculptor, Mauro Corda (1960) is sensitive to colour. He not only uses the most diverse patinas, but he also applies chrome, silver, gilding and paint to his bronzes. Starting from the same colour sensitivity, Corda has gone on to other materials than bronze. He has cast sculptures in aluminum and iron. And as he regularly spends time in the Italian Pietrasanta, he also works in marble and terra cotta. It is astonishing to see how this wizard commands the diverse techniques necessary for the varied material applications. But the material experiments lead back to Mauro Corda’s central theme: to portray persons in the most diverse roles, environments, and situations. Corda’s expressiveness is too strong for just one material. He will redo his bronze bust of an Asian girl in ceramic, because it will let him illuminate aspects of her essence that remain hidden in bronze. A white marble fist, in positive and negative form, has something gentle, while an aluminum male torso takes on an almost divine radiance. Though the always new collection of this extremely productive virtuoso sculptor is already an exciting voyage of discovery, his creative use of material adds a dimension which makes the exhibition doubly worthwhile to visit.