After having obtained a diploma at the Ronciglione State secondary school with a concentration in scientific studies, Akelo transferred to Rome, where for several years he worked as a graphic artist while continuing to pursue his in-depth studies of texts and documents relating to ancient goldsmithing, metallurgy, and alchemy.
Combining this theoretical understanding with extensive experimentation on materials and techniques, the artist now entirely devotes himself to creating gold objects and to making sculptural objects out of gold, bronze, and iron, using the artistic name of Akelo (from Achelous, Greek god of the waters).
In 2010 the artist created the bronze sculpture "Hope" for the Robert Bresson Prize given every years at the Venice Film Festival.
The works of Andrea Cagnetti have been exhibited in many national and international exhibitions, and have caused a sensation in the media throughout the world. In fact, numerous publications, reviews and television appearances have been dedicated to him, which highlight not only his talent and his stylistic originality, but also the value of his research.
In the last few years, some of his pieces have been acquired by important museums and private collections.
Andrea Cagnetti lives in Corchiano, where he also writes scientific articles on the techniques used in ancient goldsmith.
WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
HOEDUS II (1996) Pendente - Newark Museum
YILDUN (2001) Pendente - Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri
CHORT (2002) Pendente - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
DENHEB (2004) Collana - Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri
SEGIN (2009) Pisside - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
STRANGE MECHANISM #3 (2010) Scultura - Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri
"Akelo: Golden Works 1994-2000" - G. Spinola/P. d’Ambrosio - Saatchi & Saatchi/Lupetti Editore (2004) ISBN 8883911075, 9788883911071
"Etruschi, scoperto il segreto dei loro gioielli" – Corriere della sera (2000)
A. Cagnetti. (2009) "Experimental survey on fluid brazing in ancient goldsmith's art" – International Journal of Material Research DOI 10.3139/146.101783
”The Voyage of a Contemporary Italian Goldsmith in the Classical World: Golden Treasures of Akelo” - Mary Pixley - Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri (2010) ISBN 0910501408, 9780910501408
"Gioiello Italiano Contemporaneo" - Skyra - Rizzoli International (2007)
"Akelo’s Treasures - An Exhibition Celebrating 25 Years Of A Roman Master Goldsmith" - Bentley & Skinner, London (2011)
"Materia Nova" - Galerie Ludwig Trossaert, Contemporary art (2012) ISBN 9789491314124 - D/2012/12.184/07
"Materia Nova" - Galerie Ludwig Trossaert, Contemporary art - Anversa, Belgio (18 Maggio – 6 Giugno 2012)
"Collecting for a New Century: Recent Acquisition" - Museum of Art And Archaeology, University of Missouri - Columbia, MO - U.S.A (28 Gennaio - 13 Maggio 2012)
"Akelo's Treasures. An Exhibition Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of a Roman Master Goldsmith" - Bentley & Skinner (Bond Street Jewellers) Ltd - Londra, Regno Unito (Novembre, 2011)
”Golden Treasures by Akelo” - Museum of the Gemological Institute of America - Carlsbad, California, U.S.A. (Ottobre 2010 - Marzo 2011)
"The Voyage of a Contemporary Italian Goldsmith in the Classical World: Golden Treasures by Akelo" - Museum of Art And Archaeology, University of Missouri - Columbia, MO - U.S.A (5 Giugno - 26 Settembre, 2010)
"Gioiello Italiano Contemporaneo" - Castello Sforzesco, Milano / Palazzo Valmarana Braga, Vicenza / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlino / Museo di arti decorative Pietro Accorsi, Torino (Gennaio 2008 – Gennaio 2009)
"In Its Time: Materials and Techniques Throughout Jewelry History" - Aaron Faber Gallery - New York, U.S.A. (2009)
"Akelo: risplende l'oro degli Etruschi" - Vicenzaoro2, Fiera di Vicenza - Vicenza, Italia (Giugno 2005)
"The Hanover World Exposition 2000" - Italian Pavillon - Hannove