Michela Cattai is based in Milan and Venice. Following her graduation in Painting from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice with Fabrizio Plessi, she started her research on glass by attending a Design course held by Ennio Chiggio, thanks to whom she understood the meaning of semantic and semiotic in the context of Italian design.
In 1992, she founded the Galleria Michela Cattai in Milan, with the aim of building an important dialogue between art and design. Still bonded to Venice, she decided to deepen her study of glass inside the furnace, by experiencing for herself the Murano blown glass practice. She learnt the old renaissance techniques and the history of glass. Cattai developed her process and through a careful study of color and shape, she realized abstract artworks that have wrinkled models and different color shades. Her career built on creativity, continuous study and experimentation has been defined by thecreation of artworks that summarize her history and her identity.
The result of her most recent research is shown in the dialogue between glass and recycled materials, through whichthe artist not only goes far from the classical rules of working glass but also reflects her desire to draw the public’s attention to a global and very contemporary message. In this type of process the artist works with the awareness of respecting the world and createsworks that take responsibility for future generations. Michela Cattai’s artworks are presented in many international exhibitions and fairs, and are part of private and public collections. She collaborates as designer and art curator for the world famoushouse of Venini.