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Massimo Righini

1921 Biltmore Street NW
Washington, DC 20009-1509, U.S.A.
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The curriculum of the “Liceo Classico” in Italy included heavy doses of philosophy, mythology and history of art, and Righini’s family had a long tradition of involvement in the figurative arts.  From 1958 to 1962, Righini taught himself to sculpt stones picked out of the river beds in Italy, using simple, old techniques with mallet, chisels, rasps and elbow grease.

This activity was put on hold until 1998, when he retired from the practice of surgery and recommenced sculpting in Washington, DC. Righini uses a variety of stones (granite, Brazilian soapstone, Belize slate, red marble, coral, Carrara marble, alabaster, sandstone, limestone, Utah rhyolite, Chinese black marble, Tennessee marble, Portuguese pink marble, Tuscan travertine, onyx-marble and serpentine). His hand tools have improved, but direct manual techniques remain crucial to his work.

Righini’s intent is to use stone to narrate stories based on myths, religion, fables and history, always with a satirical and disbelieving twist.  His style and composition remind you of the anonymous medieval sculptors who carved stories on the walls of ancient cathedrals, but his subjects and treatment are always modern and whimsical.



Born in Florence, Italy, 1933
Resident of Washington, DC, since 1962, naturalized U.S. citizen, 1967 


  • Diploma from Liceo Classico "Galvani" in Bologna, Italy.
  • Medical Degree cum laude from University of Bologna, Italy, 1958.
  • Assistant at the General Surgery Clinic of the University of Bologna, Italy from the date of graduation until June 1962.
  • Internship and Residency in General Surgery at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, 1962-1967.
  • Private practice of General Surgery 1967-1998, during which served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Greater Southeast Community Hospital (1979-1998), President of the Medical Staff at Greater Southeast (1978-1981), President of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (1986).


  • May 17, 2013, opening of Solo Exhibition "Stories in Stone IV" at Galerie l'Enfant, 1442 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Exhibiting sculptures from 2009-2013.
  • February 8-March 17, 2013, Exhibition with Micheline Klagsbrun and June Linowitz, "Imagining Ovid" at Arena Stage during production of Metamorphoses, 1101 6th Street, SW, Washington, DC. Exhibiting four sculptures.
  • April 1-30, 2011, Solo Exhibition, “Stories in Stone 2011" at MacFeely Gallery of Arts Club of Washington, 2017 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC.  Exhibited fifteen sculptures.
  • February 8-March 5, 2011, in 3rd Annual Invitational Show “21+21" at Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD. Exhibited three sculptures.
  • March 23-April 27, 2010, Solo Exhibition “Stories in Stone III” at L’Enfant Moderne, 3232 P Street, NW, Washington, DC. Exhibited sculptures from 2006-2009.
  • March 2-April 30, 2009, Juried Exhibition Series of the Town of Chapel Hill, NC.  Exhibited eleven sculptures in the Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
  • September 10-October 5, 2008, in Group Exhibition "Brushfire", Gallery Plan b, 1530 Fourteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC. Exhibited "Babel's Tower in Times of Cell Phones", Alabaster, "Hypocrite I: The Televangelist", Tiger's Eye Alabaster.
  • September 1-October 5, 2007, in Group Exhibition "Go Figure!", Gallery Plan  b, 1530 Fourteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC.  Exhibited "Prometheus Unbound", Tennessee Marble, "The Revenge of Godiva's Hairstylist", Limestone, and "Daphne's Disappointment", Alabaster.
  • June 1-July 1, 2007, in Group Exhibition Sponsored by the Morgan Arts Council,  "Vroom, Vroom: More than Meets the Ear -- A Show of Art and Motorcycles", Berkeley Springs, WV.  Exhibited "Persephone and the Hell's Anger", Onyx-Marble.
  • February 6-May 5, 2006, in Group Exhibition Sponsored by The Washington Sculptors Group, "Sculpture Now 2006", Washington Square, 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, at L Street, DC.  Exhibited "Where Have All The Centaurs Gone?", Alabaster.
  • November 18-December 10, 2005, Exhibition “Stories in Stone II”, Galerie l’Enfant, 1442 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
  • June 4-August 1, 2004, curator for and participant in the Group Exhibition "Shapes and Shrubberies", a sculpture exhibit for seven local and regional sculptors (other sculptors: Luc-Alain Fiedler, Retha Walden Gambaro, Len Harris, Lynn Lavin, Jane Kelly Morais and Gerry Spaeth) at the Ice House Gallery, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.
  • February 9-May 7, 2004, in Group Exhibition Sponsored by The Washington Sculptors Group, "Sculpture Now 2004: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Washington Sculptors Group", Washington Square, 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, at L Street, Washington, DC.  Exhibited "Mr. Jonah Went to Sea", Tiger's Eye Alabaster.
  • February 3-May 2, 2003, in Group Exhibition Sponsored by The Washington Sculptors Group, "Sculpture Now 2003", Washington Square, 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, at L Street, Washington, DC.  Exhibited "Death of the Minotaur", Chinese Black Marble.
  • December 12, 2002-April 20, 2003, Exhibition "Stories in Stone", Galerie l'Enfant, 1442 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
  • April 8-June 5, 2000, Exhibition "River Stones and Mediterranean Memories", Fondo del Sol, 2112 R Street, NW, Washington, DC. Short Review by Ferdinand Protzman in Washington Post, May 18, 2000.


Washington Sculptors Group, International Sculpture Center, Fondo del Sol, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Smithsonian, Morgan Arts Council (Morgan County, WV), Washington Project for the Arts, Italian Cultural Institute (Washington, DC), International Arts & Artists.

OF INTEREST -- Article in Washington Sculptors Group Newsletter, Issue 3, 2006 (Fall), pp. 6-7, at  See also