Lino TagliapietraBiography

LINO TAGLIAPIETRA has worked with glass for over 70 years. World-renowned and revered for his incredible manipulation of glass and innovative creations, the Maestro splits his time between Murano, Italy and Seattle, WA.

LINO TAGLIAPIETRA was born in 1934 in Murano, Italy and became an apprentice glassblower at age 11. Even at a young age Lino exhibited an immense dexterity for glass and was appointed the title of “Maestro”, an honor reserved for only the best glassblowers, when he was just 21 years old. In 1979, Lino visited Seattle for the first time and introduced students at the Pilchuck School to the long tradition of Venetian glassblowing. This cross-cultural collaboration helped shape the identity of American glass blowing and offered Lino an opportunity to expand his horizons internationally. Now in his 80s, with over 70 years of experience, the Maestro splits his time between Murano and Seattle. He continues to exercise his prodigious technical skill and creative experimentation, producing works that both inspire and amaze. The artist’s Seattle studio, the epicentre of Lino’s artworks in the Pacific Northwest, underwent a renovation in 2017 and is now a gallery housing a selection of these incredible creations.


Photo credit: Russell Johnson photographer, Lino Tagliapietra Inc

Since 1990 Lino has worked as an independent artist, producing works without contractual obligation. His unique pieces are present in some of the most prestigious museums throughout the world, including the De Young Museum of San Francisco, the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, as well as numerous galleries and private collections.


In 2009, the Museum of Tacoma dedicated a major traveling retrospective exhibition of Lino’s work, which was also hosted by other museums in the United States including: the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery Washington DC; the Chrysler Museum of Art Norfolk, Virginia; the Palm Springs Art Museum Palm Springs, California; and Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan.


In Venice, 2011, the Veneto Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts, dedicated an exhibition to Lino entitled “Lino Tagliapietra from Murano to Studio Glass.”


In 2017, the Maestro travelled to Asia, where his works were shown in Taiwan and China in an exhibition called, “One of a Kind: Lino Tagliapietra”, that debuted in both Taipei and Shanghai to captivated audiences.


During the 2018 GAS Conference in Murano, Lino Tagliapietra headed the board of the conference, and participated in several events throughout the duration of the event.


During his extensive career Lino has received numerous awards including:

The 2004 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Centre College, KY and The President’s Distinguished Artist Award, at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.


In 2006 he received the “Distinguished Educator Award” from the James Renwick Alliance of Washington DC.


In 2011 he was awarded a second Honorary Degree and granted the title of “Doctor of Fine Arts” by the Ohio State University and in 2012 he was chosen for the renowned “Phoenix Award”, which was held in Lino’s home town of Venice, Italy.


In 2013 he gained the “Visionary Award”, at the Art Palm Beach, Florida; in 2014 the “Career Award” from the “Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti”, Venice; and in 2015 the “Best Glass Work Award”, Masterpiece exhibition, London.