Goffredo Gaeta was born in Faenza in September 1937
As a boy he lived on the islands of Aegean Sea, which was when he first came into contact with art.
Gaeta moved to Italy in 1946, and completed his studies at the Istituto Statale d’Arte per la Ceramica (State Ceramic Art Institute) in Faenza. He attended the Accademia di Belle Arti (Fine Arts Academy) in Bologna, and took decoration and fresco painting courses at the Istituto d’Arte (Art Institute) in Florence. He has always been interested in new techniques and applications, which he himself develops, passing his knowledge on to students in over twenty years’ teaching work at the ancient, prestigious “T. Minardi” School of Drawing in Faenza.
Gaeta has in-depth knowledge of different artistic techniques, and currently expresses himself using a range of different materials - ceramics, bronze casting, wall decorations, large glass partitions. At times, these techniques are applied together and cast in a single work to enhance the artistic construction. Alternatively, one is inserted as a compendium to another, in a single piece, like sacred art, for example.
In the 70s and 80s, Gaeta developed his own personal technique, creating large glass partitions assembled on shatterproof glass which could be produced on large surfaces. Moreover, he specialises in sacred art.
Gaeta produces important works of art by casting too, such as the goblet in silver and gold, depicting the three theological virtues currently housed in the Museo del Tesoro della Diocesi in Rimini; the doors of the Santissimo of Sarsina Cathedral in bronze; a large set, again in bronze, depicting Mother Mary with the risen Christ for the Chapel Ancelle dell’Immacolata at the Monumental Cemetery in Parma.
Over the years, although Gaeta has always worked to order, he has also held personal exhibitions both in Italy and abroad. To name but a few: in the towns of Fiume-Rijeka and Zagabria (1967); in Canazei (1969); at the “Turska Küka” Gallery in Bakar (1970); at the “Il Vicolo” Gallery in Genoa (1970); at the “La Pigna” Gallery in Rome (1972); at the “Nuove Muse” Gallery in Bologna (1973); at the “Il Diamante” Gallery in Ferrara (1974); in Essen, Germany (1980).
Of his very latest personal exhibitions, the most important are: Bagnacavallo in the year 2000, an exhibition on the theme “Viaggio a Creta” (Journey to Crete). In 2001 an exhibition in Lugo di Romagna about “Gli Angeli”. “From chaos to order” at the Stensen Institute in Florence on the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the DNA molecule, 2002. “Mediterranean” at the European Parliament at Strasbourg, 2004. In “Au Caprice” in Brussels, 2006. MIC-International Museum of Ceramics at Faenza, 2007. In 2010 at Kammerhof Museen of Gumden (Austria).
Gaeta’s works are housed in many private collections and museums all over the world, among which: the International Ceramics Museum in Faenza, the Ceramics Museum in Gubbio, the Gualdo Tadino Museum, The K-HOF Museum in Gumden(Austria), the Muzej za umjetnost i obrt in Zagabria, the Muszej primenjene umetnosti in Belgrade, the Museum of the Sea in Fiume, the Ceramic Art Museum in Kyoto, MOMA in New York.
In 2010 was published a monograph devoted to his work "GOFFREDO GAETA, l’arte della ceramica", which, starting from the fifties through his art to this day.
He currently lives and works in his home town. His studio is at 445 Via Firenze in Faenza in the old "Cartiera" building.