The great works of Jago

Jago | Habemus hominem

Jago, Habemus hominem, 2009 / 2016. Marmo, 60x35x69 cm
Chiesa di Sant’Aspreno ai Crociferi (NA) – Photo by Francesco Bertola


JAGO’s works look as if they have come straight out of a Renaissance artist’s studio. He is the most famous Italian artist on social media, working in the fields of sculpture, graphics and video production; his works are powerful messages disseminated through the new digital media.

JAGO’s works are inspired by the great masters of the Renaissance, but are perfectly integrated into 21st century society. The artist is famous for his ability to create works that establish a direct relationship with the public through the use of video and social networks, through which he shares the production process of his creations.

works by JAGO

Jago | figlio velato

Jago, il figlio velato

JAGO, pseudonym of Jacopo Cardillo, was born in Frosinone (Italy) in 1987, where he attended art school and then the Academy of Fine Arts, which he left in 2010. He is known worldwide as “The Social Artist” for his great communication skills and his great success on social networks.
Jago combines artistic talent with the use of contemporary media, reaching the hearts of the public who love him like a rock star. With his ability to communicate through digital media, he manages to convey his love of art.

Live streaming, photos and videos tell the story of the production process of each individual work and, thanks to this shared path, the sculptor makes everyone participate in the genesis of each of his works.


At the age of 24, JAGO was selected to participate at the Venice Biennale, exhibiting his marble bust of Pope Benedict XVI (2009), which enabled him to receive the Pontifical Medal, presented to him by Cardinal Ravasi. This sculpture was then reworked in 2016, taking the name “Habemus Hominem” and becoming one of his most significant works.

“Habemus Hominem” depicts the stripping of the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, from his vestments and was exhibited in Rome, in 2018, at the Carlo Bilotti Museum in Villa Borghese, with a record number of visitors (more than 3,500 during the opening alone).

Since 2016, the year of his first solo exhibition in Rome, he has lived and worked in Italy, China and America. He has been a lecturer at the New York Academy of Art, where he gave a masterclass and several lectures in 2018.
After an exhibition at the Armory Show in Manhattan, JAGO moved to New York and began work on ‘The Veiled Son’, a work inspired by Sanmartino’s Veiled Christ, permanently displayed in the Cappella dei Bianchi in the Church of San Severo outside the walls.

In 2019, JAGO also became the first artist to send a marble sculpture to the International Space Station for the ESA (European Space Agency) Beyond mission. The work, entitled ‘The First Baby’ and depicting the fetus of a child, returned to Earth in February 2020 in the custody of mission leader Luca Parmitano.

Since May 2020 Jago has been living in Naples, where he works in his studio in the Church of Sant’Aspreno ai Crociferi and where he created the installation ‘Look Down’ in Piazza del Plebiscito, and where he created the work ‘Pietà’ which was exhibited in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Montesanto, in Piazza del Popolo in Rome.

Da maggio 2020 Jago risiede a Napoli, dove lavora nel suo studio nella Chiesa di Sant’Aspreno ai Crociferi e dove ha realizzato l’installazione “Look Down” in Piazza del Plebiscito, e dove ha creato l’opera “Pietà” che è stata esposta nella Basilica di Santa Maria in Montesanto, in Piazza del Popolo a Roma.
The work describes a subject that has been interpreted countless times throughout the history of art and of which Michelangelo’s Pietà, preserved in Rome, is the absolute masterpiece.

JAGO has received numerous national and international awards such as: the Gala de l’Art award in Monte Carlo in 2013, the Pio Catel award in 2015, the Arte Fiera Audience Award in 2017 and was also invested as Master of Stone at the 2017 MarmoMacc.

Jago | Pietà

Jago, Pietà


From 12 March to 3 July 2022, Jago’s works will be on display at Palazzo Bonaparte in Rome, in the first major exhibition dedicated to the artist.

Palazzo Bonaparte is transformed, for this occasion, into an artist’s studio because Jago is present here, during the months of the exhibition, at his future sculpture. Visitors, therefore, as well as learning about Jago’s artistic journey through his past works, have the opportunity to see him at work and admire the creative process that leads to the creation of his sculptures.


12 March – 3 July 2022
Bonaparte Palace, Rome



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4 thoughts on “The great works of Jago

  1. Stupendo, non c’e’ attivita ‘ piu’ bella , piu’ coinvolgente della scultura. Sarebbe stata anche la mia, non avessi avuto paura della miseria e quando ero giovane scelsi la strada della scienza che mi poteva dare un lavoro sicuro. Ho aspettato gli anni della pensione per fare qualche piccola cosa di arte, ma non ho potuto fare scultura,
    Comunque ammiro gli artisti e moltissimo gli scultori. Complimenti anche se i miei sono poca cosa.

    • Un giorno ho potuto ammirare uno scultore all’opera ed è stato straordinario osservare come la materia prendeva forma sotto le sue dita e grazie ai suoi gesti. Gli scultori sono artisti e creatori.

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