Helidon Xhixha's Biography
Helidon Xhixha was born in Durrës, Albania, in December 1970.
He was raised in a family of artists and inherited his respect for the Fine Arts and passion for sculptor from his father Sali.
While waiting to begin his studies at the Academy of Arts in Tirana, he decided to move to Italy where he attended the Brera Academy of Milan.
Thanks to a scholarship he won in 1998, he was able to attend London's Kingston University for three months and improve his techniques of engraving, sculpting and photography. Xhixha graduated from Milan's Brera Academy in February 1999. He very quickly became renown in the art academic sphere for his unique style. His creations included works in Murano glass and sculptures in stainless steel using innovative and specialized techniques.
Within a small period of a few years, steel became the base of all of Xhixha's work and creations. He discovered how to unite the power of light with this material by confining it, transforming it by using "special effects" ultimately setting it free. The hardness and resistance of the steel are uniquely molded by folding, and turning it inside out. His desire is to capture and sculpt light through intervening methods by using the material to make his creations embrace the surrounding environment reflecting colors, shapes, opaqueness and brightness.
Helidon Xhixha represents a turning point in the international art scene where he continues to thrive and hold a prestigious role on many levels. Amongst his many achievements, Xhixha is well known for the 5-meter high stainless steel sculpture of the "Prancing Horse" placed in front of the Ferrari factory in Maranello. A monument dedicated to the victory of the Ferrari's F1 World Cup in 2003.
In 2001 Xhixha had his first trip to Dubai and fell in love with the city. Amazed by it's rapid transformation into a metropolitan city enriched by amazing architecture and filled by the many faces of people from across the globe. Inspired by the magical lights that brighten up the night sky of Dubai Xhixha delivered his first monument to the UAE in January 2012.
Standing high at 12 by 4 meter, the steel sculpture hangs brightly in the great hall of the Melia Hotel located in Port Rashid.