Nicola Barbini was born in Murano in 1990. Fifth of 8 brothers, he grows up in one of the historic Murano families of glassmaking tradition, which since the sixteenth century have operated in the various sectors of artistic glass production.
In 2009, after having obtained the classical maturity, driven by a particular attraction for glass and an innate artistic sensitivity, he decided to enter the family business, the “Artigianato Artistico Veneziano snc”, now “AAV Barbini srl”, a of the oldest Murano companies, still in business, specializing in the production of Venetian mirrors and engraved glass furniture.
Having entered the company, he begins to learn the various stages of processing the Venetian mirror, but, right away, he will find in the “lathe” the right tool to express all his creativity.
Later he will refine his engraving technique in the studio of master Luigi Cammozzo.
Over the years, thanks to the activity carried out at the “AAV Barbini srl”, he will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with various architectural firms, artists and designers, who increasingly visit the family business, experimenting and developing new techniques. engraving and processing methods.
Over time he will specialize in engravings, as well as on mirrors, on plates, vases, bottles, sculptures and any other type of glass artifact.
The desire to experiment and expand his knowledge on cold glass processing led him to deepen and refine, day after day, the “beaten glass” technique, a type of processing that had always fascinated him, obtaining good results right away.
From 2018 he began to adhere, personally, to collective exhibitions dedicated to the art of glass, exhibiting real unique pieces, also participating, in the same year, in the 47th edition of the GAS Conference, held in Murano, proposing two significant performances.
To date he is the youngest engraver in circulation in Murano.