Australian Lifestyle MagazineFounded by award winning mosaic artisan Fabian Scaunich, Mosaic Republic is currently exhibiting mosaics crafted by Scaunich himself, as well as artisans from across Europe, including Italy, France, Germany, and Slovenia. Over 30 artworks ranging in style from Roman, Byzantine, Classic and Modern are currently on display. The exhibition includes original wall art and sculpture, as well as mosaic interpretations of famous artworks from the likes of Egon Schiele and Andy Warhol. Located in the heart of Melbourne at 99 Queen Street, Mosaic Republic prides itself on its knowledge and edge in creating unique mosaic ZDOO KDQJLQJV VFXOSWXUHV ÀRRUV feature walls, furniture, portraits, and many other original and exciting art pieces. Scaunich’s unquestionable skill and passion for this art form is the result of D SURIHVVLRQDO TXDOL¿FDWLRQ LQ mosaic and terrazzo undertaken at world-renowned mosaic school Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Italy. Now a recognized Maestro, Scaunich is the only Australian to have obtained this distinguished TXDOL¿FDWLRQ Born in Australia to Italian immigrant parents, Scaunich has embraced his heritage by working, living, and studying in Italy throughout his life, which has instilled a strong interest in and connection with its history, beauty, art, design, and drive for quality.In 2005, Scaunich and wife Sandi visited the famous mosaic school in Spilimbergo, in the north of Italy. While he had always maintained an appreciation for mosaic art, he never imagined making a career from it. ³, QHYHU ZRXOG KDYH H[SHFWHG WKDW a school of this sort could exist in today’s modern world, and from the minute I stepped into the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli my adventure into the mosaic world EHJDQ´ &UHDWLYHO\ XQIXO¿OOHG DV WKH director of a wholesale import furniture business, it was a trip that would irrevocably change his life. With a new baby in tow, Scaunich and his supportive wife made the brave decision to leave their established careers and move to Italy in pursuit of the unknown. ³/HDYLQJ 0HOERXUQH ZLWK D newborn was a daunting decision, because we had no idea what to expect. Our second son was actually born there. Deciding to move overseas at that stage of our lives means that our boys will always have a strong connection WR ,WDO\ MXVW DV )DELDQ KDV KDG´ Sandi says. 02 SAIC 0$67(5< for the Modern World Mosaic Republic is a workshop and gallery that celebrates the revival of the artisan, and, in particular, the ancient art form of mosaic. In a world where so much art has become GLVSRVDEOH WR VXLW WKH FKDQJLQJ WDVWHV RI D ¿FNOH VRFLHW\ never before has there been a greater need for authentic decorative, functional, and enduring artwork.