Anna Bini Rizzo
Anna Bini Rizzo was born in Florence in 1948. After graduating from Florence’s Art School, she worked with her father Bino Bini (1916-2007), goldsmith, sculptor and medallist, delving into goldsmithing and vitreous enamel, while also teaching these techniques in their school “Arte dei Metalli” (Art of Metals).
For 37 years, from 1981 to 2018, she taught “History and Technique of Vitreous Enamel” at Rome’s “Scuola dell’Arte della Medaglia dell’Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato” (School for the Art of Medal making at the Polygraphic Institute and State Mint). Actively participating in the national and international artistic world, she re-interpreted the traditional ancient technique of vitreous enamel on metals with a modern twist. She also works in the field of jewellery making, creating unique pieces in gold or silver and enamel. She is an honorary member of Florence’s “Accademia dell’Arte del Disegno” (Academy of Drawing Arts). Both on her own and collaborating with her father, she created many artworks, including a silver and enamelled ciborium for San Francesco’s Church in Arezzo, a ciborium and two candle holders for Fiesole’s Cathedral and a silver enamelled chalice which was donated by Fiesole’s Diocese to the city of Capharnaum, in the Holy Land. Her artworks can be found in private collections and public institutions, such as the Cathedral Museum of Malta, the “Medagliere” (Medal collection) in Rome’s Vatican Library and the one located in Florence’s Bargello Museum.
She created “L’albero della Vita” (The tree of Life), made out of enamelled panels, for the “Seminario Missionario Pontificio Istituto Missioni Estere – PIME” (Missionary Seminar of the Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions) in Florence, while for Fiesole’s Cathedral she crafted a large silver enamelled candle holder. In 2011, commissioned by the “Pontificio Istituto di Cultura” (Pontifical Institute of Culture), she created a crucifix made out of gold, silver, enamel and pearls, which is now preserved in Vatican City. She also woks as a medallist for private and public institutions. In 1983, for the Italian State Mint, she forged the official medal for the centenary of Richard Wagner’s death.