Riccardo Dalisi

"The man that designs dreams"

After the collaboration with the Palosco “compassed district”, a personal exhibition dedicated to the compasses and the works of one of the best designers in Italy: projects, visions, folklore and craftsmanship.


Born in Potenza on the first of May 1931, he is Professor of Design at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Naples. He was also Director of School specializing in Industrial Design at the same University. During the seventies he was one of the exponents of radical architecture and co-founder of Global Tools. Dalisi has always been involved in social projects (his experiences with the children of the Traiano district, with the elderly at the council homes in Ponticelli, and today he is involved with the youth in the Sanità district of Naples). He has been deeply committed to creating an increasingly articulated and fruitful relationship between University research, architecture and design, sculpture and painting, art and the craftsman, while keeping the focus on the objective of human development through dialogue and the resulting potential for creativity. In 1981 he won the first “Compasso d’Oro” prize for his work on the Neapolitan coffee pot. In 2010, after considerable preparation, working in collaboration with the Triennale in Milan and the New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, he presented the first edition of the “Tin compasses” awards. This initiative intended as new research in the field of design, was directed at human support, eco-friendliness and degrowth. A large number of exhibitions have showcased his work as an architect, designer, sculptor and painter, both in Italy and abroad (Biennale in Venice, Triennale in Milan, Biennale in Chicago, Museum of Design in Denver, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Museum in Copenhagen, Contemporary Art Museum in Thessalonica, Palazzo Reale, Lucio Amelio and Castel dell’Ovo Gallery in Naples, Cartier Foundation in Paris, Museum of Decorative Arts in Montreal, Tabak Museum in Vienna, Zitadelle Spandau Museum in Berlin).