All "Laboratorium" products are hand-made by Mario Romagnoli using traditional techniques. The artist lives and works in Valentano, where he has his workshop and Show Room.
graduate of the Rome Academy of Fine Arts and the "Tuscia"
School of Art in Viterbo, Mario Romagnoli carried out pictorial research
into oil-painting, frescoes and coloured plasterwork and created numerous
pieces that feature in major collections throughout Italy.
He had always had a fondness for restoration
and in 1979 was given the opportunity to restore the frescoes in the
Town Hall at Valentano and
in a small 18th century church nearby. Subsequently,
in 1980, when retrieving pieces of mediaeval pottery from the Rocca
Farnese in Valentano, he was entrusted with the task of
restoring and making a study of all the antique ceramics found there.
At the museum in the Rocca Farnese, Valentano
, he is restoring a remarkable collection of antique ceramics retrieved
from the castle "dumps". He also has the task of cataloguing and exhibiting
these finds. In addition he is restoring the mediaeval ceramics discovered
in the tower of the Bolsena Museum in the Castello Monaldeschi;
the collection in the Museum of Ceramics in Palazzo Brugiotti in
Viterbo; and the Viterbese spice-jars, on which he is writing a
text to be published by Wellcome, the English pharmaceutical
company. These items have now been donated to the Palazzo Brugiotti
Museum, Viterbo, where they are on display.
In 1997 his research and production of artwork eventually gave rise to Laboratorium ,the individual trademark which today stands for quality of workmanship built on research, study and application of the traditional techniques used by potters and painters in the mediaeval and Renaissance periods. For over twenty years these have been the focus of research and restoration by teacher and artist Mario Romagnoli.