Arnaldo Zanella 1949, was born in S. Erasmo, a small island in the Venetian lagoon three minutes from Murano. Most people who are born and live on this scrap of land take up market gardening. Arnaldo Zanella's life has been very different. Since he was a child he has loved glass and was able very early to help his family financially with the earnings from his work. Once when visiting a furnace with one of his relatives he saw a kiln operating, the heat and the men working there fascinated him, it was then that he made an important decision, he wanted to be one of them, this decision and his hard work were to change the course of his life.
During the 1950's and 60's the most famous and important firm in Murano island was Seguso Vetri d'arte, a lot of artists began their careers there. It was here that Arnaldo started to work alongside masters such as Alfredo Barbini, Angelo Seguso, Ermanno Nason, Pino Signoretto and many others.
Angelo Seguso decided to take him on as an assistant, he had the right talents to work with Seguso and soon, step-by-step, became an essential member of the team. When Pino Signoretto opened his own glassworks-studio n 1978 Arnaldo joined his friend in his new venture. In this period he attended evening classes in drawing and design, where a local artist taught the principles of design to young master-blowers. After this and armed with the experience he had gained from working with Angelo Seguso and Pino Signoretto, he was now ready and able to become an independent maestro (master glass blower) at the highest level.
In 1985 he and some friends opened a glasswork-studio called "Andromeda". He had always had a predilection for brightly coloured opalescent glass and he became a true innovator in the field of sculpted glass. His love of nature led him to spend as much time as he could studying, copying and reproducing animals, above all, horses and colourful, tropical birds, roosting in large flocks in glass trees. Arnaldo Zanella is a poet of his generation and his work is much appreciated by the connoisseurs all over the world. Since 1991 he has been working for a friend, Oscar Zanetti and Zanetti Murano srl.