Restoration, Painting and Production Design
Even in his earliest years Stefano Agostini was already in love with the work of his father, a popular
Roman restorer, spending entire days in his workshop, carefully observing each and every little
gesture, learning and internalizing qualities of precision, patience and calmness, absolute musts for
He therefore learned the art of restoration only visually, but by then Stefano had already assimilated
and metabolised all its technical aspect, which a few years later will be of vital importance for his
Coinciding with his acquisition of the art of restoration, in 1996, after a brilliant scholastic career, he
obtained a diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, thus acquiring profound knowledge in all
kinds of painting techniques.
At the age of 20, Stefano opens his first restoration workshop in the historic San Lorenzo district in
Ever since the 70s, the San Lorenzo district has always been one of the pulsating hearts, together
with the Trastevere district, of all Roman artistic movements. Painters’ workshops mix and intertwine
with artisan boutiques, creating an artistic connective tissue which will have great influence on the
Italian artistic movement.
Indeed, during those years local painters opened their shops to the public, even though they really
consisted of large rooms in an old industrial building of San Lorenzo, in Rome. With the 1984
exhibition, simply called “Atelier” and held in the Cerere pasta factory of Via degli Ausoni, those
young painters managed to create the new Roman school, which will feature artists such as Dessi’,
Schifano, Pizzi Canella and many others.
All these artists were united by their return to painting, but not necessarily to figuration (two terms which
often coincided with the rediscovery of color and art, proposed in the eighties by “Transavanguardia”
and “Nuovi selvaggi”). Since then, the painting skills of the “Ragazzi di San Lorenzo” were further
It is in this context, as well as by working closely with established artists, that Agostini develops
a peculiar sensitivity, which is characterized by great technical ability, combined with an attention
towards reality, events and the daily facts of Rome.
DATE OF BIRTH
March 22nd, 1976
PLACE OF BIRTH
A fan of both painting and restoration techniques, after two years from the opening of his San
Lorenzo workshop, he specialized in the restoration of ancient works of art.
Shortly thereafter, his particular talent is noticed by Vatican officials which, after several commissioned
and well executed works, entrust him with the restoration of the entire marble epigraphic collection of
the Constantinian cloister, inside the Basilica of San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura. The work is successfully
completed in just 6 months.
In 2002, due to a series of fortuitous circumstances, he offered his studio for film production and
some shooting. It is due to this episode that his passion for cinema was born, which over the years
has led him into meeting Greek actor Yorgo Voyagis, and actress Diana Curtis. His passion for this
form of art will be at Agostini’s side in the following years of his artistic growth.
In the same year, his artistic and exceptional manual skills are noticed and appreciated by his circle
of friends working in the movies world; through them he collaborated in the production design
for the first unit sets in the Gangs Of New York film, directed by Martin Scorsese, together with
scenographers from Eugenio Bava’s school.
While not abandoning restoration, his first love, and painting, in 2004 Stefano was invited to be part
of production design for the “Ocean’s Twelve” motion picture, directed by Steven Soderberg.
In 2010, given his great acquired experience, he integrally designs production, all by himself, for the
theatrical scenography of “10 partite” by Giuseppe Manfridi, a popular Italian playwright.
He continues his restoration activity in his San Lorenzo workshop until 2013.
From 2013 until 2016, Stefano granted himself a period of “stasis”, in order to think about everything
which led him into embracing his artistic journey, for assessing his work and for acquiring some
personal insight on what to do next.
His love for restoration, painting, cinema and scenography gave life to a multifaceted inspiration,
an unusual mix of techniques and know-how of parallel and yet integrated worlds, which Stefano
connects in an innovative way, and marked by a continuous search creating a particular and powerful
In recent years, Stefano has begun to create his works using all his knowledge of matter and
pigments, but at the same time continuously experimenting, and letting the experiences from those
many worlds he lived so intensely flow freely and merge on his frames.