Massimo Righini is an Italian-American sculptor. He was born in Italy and grew up during WWII. As a teenager Righini taught himself to sculpt stones picked out of the river beds in Italy, using simple, old techniques with mallet, chisels, rasps and elbow grease. But his career as a surgeon in the US put that “hobby” on hold until he retired. Looking for something to occupy his time he took up his “old flame” and launched a second career. As a young man whose worldview was shaped by war and its aftermath, Massimo questioned authority, both civil and religious. And that influenced his perspective as an artist. Learn more about Massimo here: http://www.sculpture.org/portfolio/sculptorPage.php?sculptor_id=1000867.

Music was kindly provided by Blake Wynia, a very talented musician who enjoys playing with a Halo. You can hear more of his music and download it at http://blakewynia.bandcamp.com.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.