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native Italians. Since a stint in a foreign army was not on

the agenda of this aspiring American artist, he had no

choice but to return to the United States. But the year in

Milan had been well-spent; in addition to a valuable cul-

tural experience, he had gained much practical knowledge

about art restoration, a cornerstone of Italian art education

programs.

When the Liccione family relocated to Florida in 1975,

James accompanied them. He completed his formal educa-

tion by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida

Atlantic University and a Master of Fine Arts from Florida

State. With time and a variety of experiences, his artis-

tic preferences evolved. Having begun with painting and

drawing, for which he still maintains a strong fondness,

he shifted his attentions to sculpture, an art form that his

natural abilities seem to favor.

The next transition, from wood to metal, occurred

initially for practical reasons: fine wood of the kind used H,

for quality sculpting projects is very expensive for the

proverbial starving artist; moreover, metal sculptors seemec1~

to enjoy more plentiful employment opportunities. These H

circumstances proved fortuitous, as Liccione fell in love

with the process of heating and manipulating metal and

watching it take shape into a unique work of art.

"Working with wrought iron out of the forge is very

organic," he explains. And the process is more dynamic H

than one may imagine. While the artist must conform to a

preconceived idea when working on a commissioned piece, H

in his non-commissioned works he has the freedom to al-

low the metal to lead him to unexpected places. But always

Pineapple Chair satisfies both Liccione's love of the tropics and his pen-

chant for creating art furniture. The steel frame is fitted with a leaf-shaped

seat adorned with a copper pineapple. This piece belongs to Vero residents

Harvey and Margot Kornicks, who own several of Liccione's works.

Art with a message: Save the Rainforest begins with wrought iron and evokes

o tranquil, tropical mood with its wooden leaves and bananas. It is a perfect.

manifestation of the inspiration Liccione finds in nature. It stands over six

feet tall and is also owned by the Kornicks.

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ORIGINAL ART FURNITURE! James Liccione Art Furniture is one-of-a-kind sculptural art furniture for the original. The art furniture - iron gates, tables, sofas, clocks, chairs, beds, plus figurative sculpture function powerfully indoors or outdoors. Expert conservation and restoration!