Ignazio Moncada, Milan-based artist and ceramist, has died after a long illness. Born in Palermo in 1932 Moncada worked in Paris, Brussels and Rome, before he settled in Milan in 1974 where he lived until his death. His last exhibition of ceramics – vases, plates and sculpture – was held at the Triennale DesignCafe at the end of 2011.
Moncada’s studio-loft in an ex-industrial complex in central Milan brimmed with his ceramics and paintings. The long open space, devoid of artificially-constructed rooms confined by walls or doors, was also his home, a sort of statement that his work, art and everyday life were one and indivisible.
He was famous for his powerful, bright abstract compositions, his monumental ceramic Wall in Gibellina Sicily (1979), his 42 metre-long ceramic bench in Albissola Marina (2007).
He also invented the idea of Pont-Art, illustrations on scaffolding surrounding renovated buildings. Intense colour and abstraction, combined with a sense of energy and warmth, were constant themes throughout his work. He will be sadly missed by Wanted in Milan, which he encouraged in its early years with suggestions and insights about life in the city. One of his paintings is on the cover of the 2012-2013 Expat Guide to Milan.
We extend our condolences to his family and friends.