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'Minneapolis lost a legend': Artist Aldo Moroni dies at age 67

He was known for building mock civilizations out of clay.

Minneapolis artist Aldo Moroni died over the weekend, according to his Facebook page. He was 67 years old. 

Moroni, known for his ceramic architectural sculptures that ranged from a single building to mock civilizations that'd take up a room, was diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer last September. 

Shortly before his diagnosis, he hired photographer Lisa Roy to help with his social media and she grew to a larger role in overseeing Moroni's legacy at his studio in northeast Minneapolisthe Star Tribune said

In a post on Facebook Sunday, Roy wrote:

"Today Minneapolis lost a legend. For the last year I was fortunate to soak up so much knowledge from him. I went from knowing very little about ceramics and sculpting to being trusted to help with a big public art project and to carry on the education program Aldo created many years ago.

"Even in his last days he still was thinking about what he could do for this community. He wanted to make sure his legacy and his knowledge would continue to inspire the artist in everyone.

"I am forever grateful for this opportunity and the trust that he placed in me to carry on a part of his legacy. I hope I make him proud. RIP Maestro, thank you for everything." 

Moroni, who was born in Chicago, came to the Twin Cities to attend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the 1970s, according to his biography

He was soon asked to be part of a group show at the Walker Art Center, and his career took off. He has pieces in the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Weisman Museum, the Tweet Museum and the Minnesota Museum of American Art, City Pages reported.

He also has pieces at the Minnesota State Capitol and the Federal Reserve Building in Minneapolis. 

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