Mauro Vaccai was born in 1954, in Piteccio in the province of Pistoia, where he lives and works at present. He acquired a scholastic diploma as a surveyor and enrolled in the Faculty of Agriculture at Florence University, but did no take his degree. He was distracted from his studies by his love of art. A sculptor, painter and designer, he devoted himself to religious representations, and also to profane subjects. In the sphere of sculpture he worked with various material: marble, sandstone, terracotta and iron. Between 1992 and 1993 he produced one of the most important works of his career: the apse paintings in the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta in Pieteccio, where he illustrated “The Wedding Feast at Cana” and “The Miraculous Haul of Fishes”. In 1998, again for his home town, he created a large sculpture for Piazza Vittorio Veneto: the “Seven Capital Sins” represented by figures made of iron rods, set around a large sphere of the same material. In 2001, at the prize-giving ceremony for the winners of the “Scudi di San Martino”, he presented “St Martin”, a work in pietra serena showing the saint on horseback, in the Salone del Cinquecento ofPalazzo Vecchio in Florence. The following year, on the same subject he produced a sculpture in white Carrara marble which the Florentine “Scudi di San Martino” Institute donated to the “Columbia Association”, an organization whose members are New York firemen of Italian origin. The sculpture, a symbol of altruism and solidarity, was installed during a solemn ceremony in the Garibaldi- Meucci Museum in New York, in the wing which the Fire Department ha set up to house the signs of recognition sent from all over the world following the tragedy of 11 September 2001. In 2003, again for the parish church of Piteccio, he produced a series of bas reliefs and high relief in white Carrara marble, representing the fourteen “Stations of the Cross”. Subsequently he donated the “Pegasus” bas reliefto the Florence Scuola di Guerra Aerea. In 2004 the sculpture in pietra serena “Recomposition” was installed at the entrance to the Castagno of Pistoia and inaugurated by the art critic Tommaso Paloscia. In the summer of 2005 he was invited to exhibit by the Lions Club Florence Michelangelo within the framework of the review “L’arte dei cinque sensi. I cinque sensi nell’arte”. The sculptor also donated a work to the Lions on the occasion of the charity auction held in Villa Viviani in Settignano. In the same year, he took part in the exhibition “Arte e solidarietà per la ricerca. Gli artisti per FiorGen” at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale of Florence. In 2006 he took part in the collective show “L’Artista, il Maestro e Margherita”, held in the Palagio di Parte Guelfa, promoted by the Lions Club I Circoscrizione – Distretto LA Toscana and the International Relations Office of the Florence City Council in collaboration with the M’ARS Contemporary Art Museum of Moscow. 2006 began with participation in the review “Il sole, la luna e la teoria degli opposti” which was initially set up in the M’ARS Contemporary Art Museum of Moscow and subsequently in the Church ofSan Francesco in Castelfiorentino.
This summer he made his debut in a very important public venue in Florence: the Strozzina of Palazzo Strozzi, participating in the interdisciplinary exhibition “Rifiuti preziosi” conceived to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary ofthe company Quadrifoglio S.p.a. Between July and August he displayed one of his works in the Sala Mitoraj if the Municipality of Pietrasanta within the framework of he exhibition “Artist for Unicef.” Between 2008 and 2010, in collaboration with MOdenArte Gallery, exposed his sculpture first in the personal exhibition “Il mito della vita”, with the art critic Maurizio Vanni (director of LUCCA Museum), at the U.S. headquarters in Boca Raton (Miami); then to Complesso Museale of Santa Chiara in Naples at last the exhibition “Dieci per Cento” at Pinacoteca Civica in Cento, Ferrara, curated by Giampaolo Trotta.
In the last year he took part to exhibitions “Anima e cuore. Essenze di vita” in the prestigious Villa Smilea in Montale and “FlorArte” in Arenzano, Genoa.