Sculpture at Peralta

Fiore de Henriquez was born in Trieste in 1921 and died in her beloved Peralta in 2004.
She was an international sculptor who had worked all over the world (Great Britain, U.S.A, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia).

  • Well known biographer, Jan Marsh, published “Art & Androgyny : The Life of Fiore de Henriquez” in 2004 and it can be bought from Peralta.
  • Award winning film maker Richard Whymark made a documentary about Fiore http://www.fioredocumentary.com
  • Information about Fiore can be found at www.fioredehenriquez.net
Fiore’s sculpture is everywhere in Peralta. Most of the houses and apartments are decorated with at least a piece of Fiore’s art, be it a sculpture or a drawing. We aim to perpetuate the atmosphere she created from scratch, her spirit lives on in Peralta through her sculptures & vision.
Our guests are more than welcome to visit the special sculpture room in Peralta, a gallery of Fiore’s work that we are always happy to share by prior arrangement.
The monumental “Araba Fenice” (The Phoenix) looks as if it is flying off the main terrace in front of the hamlet of Peralta. Fiore would say that this sculpture is a symbol of Peralta ‘rising from the ashes’, referring of course to the restoration work.
“The Mask” sits below the path at the entrance to Peralta. “Gemelli” was carved in Carrara marble and represents two heads joined together.
In front of the little Chapel stands the “Calabrian Woman”. Fiore was inspired to make this piece while in Calabria. She saw a peasant woman coming from the olive groves with a still born baby in her arms.
In front of the little Chapel stands the “Calabrian Woman”. Fiore was inspired to make this piece while in Calabria. She saw a peasant woman coming from the olive groves with a still born baby in her arms.
“The Growth of Life” was originally commissioned by the architect I.M. Pei for the Kipps Bay Plaza in New York, where it now stands. Fiore also made one cast for herself, and this is on the terrace of Casa Nuova.
Inside the bar stands a boy dressed as a Cowboy. This sculpture is in plaster, the bronze cast having been commissioned by his family in Australia after the boy had died by drowning.
“The African Woman”, also in bronze, is on a small terrace in front of Peralta and represents famine in Africa.