A Portrait of
an Origami Master
Alfredo Giunta was born on 21 February, 1950 in the small village
of Rokkalumer, Sicily. The beautiful Mediterranean landscapes and
ancient culture of Italy contributed to early development of his
artistic talents. When he was 18 years old he graduated from Arts
School in Messin. Later he started teaching the history of fine
arts at one of the colleges of Vicenza where he lives now. Alfredo
got interested in paper folding when he was very young. At that
time he didn't know that this art was called "origami". Then he
discovered the Origami made easy book by Kunihiko Kasahara and started
to develop his own projects. He joined the Italian Origami Centre
and in 1980 published his first brochure about making paper insects.
He never stopped to develop his skills. In 1982 he published another
brochure (The chess set) and won the first prize in the Origami
for children competition. In 1983 in Florence he met a famous Japanese
origami master Akira Yoshizava. According to Giunta, "this meeting
opened my eyes and I saw new prospects in creating different models.
Also I realized how important are the techniques of wet folding".
In 1987 he published his first serious book about making paper insects
(A. Giunta Origami Gli Insetti - Milano:Il Castello, 1987, 103 pp).
Following this book he published a number of other works. Most of
all Alfredo is interested in developing new models of paper insects.
He believes that their unusual geometry is a real inspiration for
creative people. Alfredo's models look very much like real insects.
They are very exquisite and graceful. His lizards twist their tails,
sparrows bristle their feathers and the bugs displayed in a wooden
box seem to be ready to start crawling in different directions.
Giunta thinks that the quality of paper is very important for creating
particular types of figures. He often uses foil with a paper base
that he dyes himself. People always admire his works. If you decide
to get an idea of his work you can fold a paper fox (this is really
easy!), as well as Lizard and Weevil (more complicated models that
are presented in a column Origami for experts).