Silvio Gazzaniga, Italian sculptor, Died at 95


Silvio Gazzaniga was born on January 23, 1921, in Milan and died on October 31, 2016.

He was an Italian sculptor.

Silvio created the FIFA World Cup Trophy, while working under The Stabilimento Artistico Bertoni company

Gazzaniga became a sculptor in the art schools of the Lombardy capital, in Milan.

In the avant-garde period of the 1940s, Gazzaniga attended the “Humanitarian School of Applied Art” and the “High School of Art” at the Sforzesco Castle, specialising as a goldsmith and jeweller.

Following the dramatic disruption of World War II, Gazzaniga started his career as a sculptor of medals, cups and decorations and at the end of 1953 started collaborating with the former company, Bertoni, as artistic director and master sculptor.

The year 1970 was the year that changed his professional life and the profile of his private life.

When Brazil won the Cup for the third time at the Mexico World Cup Final, FIFA rules dictated that Brazil would keep the Rimet Cup in perpetuity.

However, FIFA had therefore needed another trophy.

There were 53 designs submitted by artists from all over the world, Silvio Gazzaniga’s was the winning design.

The new cup represents the joy, exultation and greatness of the athlete at the moment of victory: two stylised figures that hold the world aloft.

He had achieved worldwide artistic fame and success with the creation of this trophy.

Silvio Gazzaniga passed away at 95 years old.