Jacopo Cardillo aka Jago is a young contemporary Italian sculptor has innovative approach to sculpt surreal or pop culture related objects. Jago seems to have the ability to mold marble and stone, to make them soft as plasticine and transform them into living materials, made of meat, muscle and blood.
Jago Jacopo Cardillo was born in Frosinone on April 18, 1987, where he attended high school and the Academy of Fine Arts without ending his studies. At the age of 24, in 2011, he is selected for the Padiglione Italia of the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale of Art. In 2012 he received the Pontifical Medal, delivered by Cardinal Ravasi and Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone, for the Pontifical Insignia of Fine Arts and Letters of Virtues at the Pantheon at the headquarters of the Pontifical Council for Culture in Rome. This was in recognition of the marble bust of then Pope Benedict XVI.
The sculptures are technical exercises and experiments on the perception of matter. It plays on mass and tactile sensation, on the physical properties of the material he uses, showing it as soft or elastic, light or heavy, liquid and solid. His works are often characterized by a fusion of sculpture, installation and video art, and that is precisely what perhaps gives him the totalizing effect that fascinates anyone who observes them.