Alfonso Leoni was born in Faenza in 1941. He studied at the Ballardini Art Institute, where he became a professor
of Plastic Arts in 1961. Angelo Biancini (known first as a teacher and of whom he became a collaborator) was the first
to spur him and support him in pursuing an artistic career. The collaboration with the Villeroy & Boch industry was
fundamental. Germany soon recognized its talent: Villeroy provided Leoni with an atelier with assistants to implement
their ideas; hand in hand opened the doors for other collaborations and exhibitions abroad. Leoni was always attracted
by the stimuli coming from Asia and America. He used materials of all kinds, cut out, tore, assemble, destroyed, put
his body into play, sought the impossible, the unthinkable even relying on chance. Paper, wood, bronze, plastic,
marble, iron and precious metals, glass, but at the peak of it all was always ceramics. At the peak of all his
research, whatever the medium used, Leoni always reached a new expression through the clay material.
This way of working led him to be appreciated by critics and to take part in large-scale events: personnel in the
framework of the International Conference of Art Critics and Scholars (Rimini 1965); exhibition by invitation of the
Society of Polish Artists (Krakow 1968); Triennale di Milano (1968); personal in Canada (Ottawa 1968, Montreal 1969);
collective at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London 1972); Quadrennial of Art of Rome (1975).
Also of note is his contribution to urban furnishing and public buildings: University of Bologna Faculty
of Mathematics (1970, architect Michelucci); Sanctuary of the Infant Jesus of Prague in Arenzano (GE); Codigoro
Civil Hospital (FE); garden furniture Alfonsine (RA); Elementary school of Bagnacavallo (RA); Provincial offices
of INPS of Verona and Rome; Faenza Civil Hospital; Cemetery of the Observance of Faenza. The artworks by Alfonso Leoni
are located, among other things: the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza; National Gallery of Modern Art of
Valle Giulia in Rome; Kyoto Museum of Modern Art (Japan); "Pio Manzù" Research Center in Verucchio (RN);
Cidonio Collection in Marina di Pietrasanta (LU).
He passed away in Rimini on 05 July 1980.