Helidon Xhixha was born in 1970 in Durazzo, Albania, in family of artists.
He is a sculptor, although he describes his activity not as involving the actual sculpting of materials, but as implicating the “use of materials to sculpt light,” an act he considers as one of the purest ways to harness raw energy. Xhixha, who lives and works between Milan and Dubai, creates three-dimensional and often large-scale works that refract and reflect the environments in which they’re placed, most famously through carefully engineered works of polished steel. Although he has also extensively worked with glass, steel has remained his primary medium for over 15 years. Xhixha’s public sculptures have appeared in museums, art fairs, and government buildings across the globe.
He has contributed to the National 9/11 Memorial in New York and was recently commissioned to design works for luxury residences in Miami. He has exhibited at the Palazzo Mantegazza in Lugano, at the Palazzo Reale in Turin, at the Venice Biennale in 2015, at the London Design Biennale, in the Firenze Boboli Gardens and in Pietrasanta.