Gabriele Altobelli (also known as an actor as Gabriele Gori) is a former ballet dancer and actor, now a sculptor and movie director. Born in Rome, he received his diploma from the theatrical academy La Scaletta in 1984. After studying briefly in London he moved to the United States. Upon his return to Italy, he began working for the most important theatres and with the famous theatre company of Garinei e Giovannini (where Mastroianni and many other well-known Italian actors have worked for). Gabriele teaches sculptures at C.E.F.ME and is currently the national president of AssoArtisti, the Italian association of artists. As such, he organized several major events around the world, including Oro di Roma (with over 300 jewellery artisans) and recently was the curator of “Following the footsteps of Marco Polo: Italian Artists painting Hangzhou”, for which he brought 100 Italian painters to Hangzhou (China) and subsequently received Chinese delegations in Rome, Florence and Venice. This project was one of the biggest artistic exchanges between China and Italy.
Gabriele performed as an actor in several movies, including the leading role in Anton Chekov’s “The Cherry Orchard”, directed by Antonello Aglioti and starring Susan Strasberg, Marisa Berenson, Lino Capolicchio and Barbara De Rossi. The movie participated in many film festivals, including San Sebastian, Shanghai and Toronto. He also played leading role in Beat Kuert’s “Lucas”, in which he co-starred with Vadim Glowna, Sergio Castellitto and Margaret Mazzantini. He starred in several other movies, including “Le Volpi della Notte”, directed by Bruno Corbucci, “Alcune Persone per Bene” directed by Bruno Gaburro, starring Rosy De Palma, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Paola Quattrini ed Eva Grimaldi, “Non Scommettere con il Cielo” directed by Mariano Laurenti, starring Lella Fabrizi, Saverio Vallone and Alessandra Mussolini, e “Strepitosamente flop”, directed by Pierfrancesco Campanella. Gabriele was among the leading actors in the TV serial movies made for RAI UNO, the Italian major national TV network, called “Anni d’Oro”, directed by Beppe Cino along with Lucrezia Lante della Rovere, Giulio Brogi, Massimo Venturiello, Anna Maria Petrova and Rudy Dobrev.
Gabriele is also a famous sculptor. His art works are mainly in marble, but also in bronze and clay. Many of his sculptures as visible online at www.gabrielealtobelli.com. His good friend Ben Gazzara discovered his great talent and organized his first exhibit in his villa in Todi. Many other exhibits followed, mainly in New York (Hotel Plaza in 2002, Spike Gallery in 2003) and several others in Rome, Cairo, Istanbul and Shanghai. In 2002 Gabriele was received by former New York State governor George Patakis, to whom he donated a bronze sculpture in memory of the victims of 9/11. He is also the author of the monument dedicated to the Italian judge Giovanni Falcone in Piazza Bologna, Rome, and of “L’albero della cuccagna” in Cerveteri. Several of his artwork are currently in private collections. In 2006, Gabriele was honoured by the City of Rome with the unique award of “Master of Artisanship”.
The Plaza, New York City, USA, 2002; Mercedes Caffè and Gilda, Roma, Italy, 2002; “Cleopatra”, Cairo and Alessandria, Egypt, 2003; Spike Gallery, New York City, USA, 2003; Accademia delle Belle Arti, Rome, Italy, 2004; "Salone di Maggio", Complesso del Vittoriano, sala Zanardelli, Roma, Italy, 2004; “Tuyap”, Istanbul, Turkey, 2004; “The Secrets of Italy”, Art Gallery Fortunoff, New York, USA, 2005; “Mingyuan Art Center”, Shanghai, China, 2007; “Piermont Fine Art Gallery”, New York, USA, 2008; “Italian Design”, Ningbo, China, 2014;