Mario Schifano (Horms, 1934 - Rome, 1998) began his formation by working with his father, an archaeologist and restorer at the Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia (Rome). He soon abandoned this field and began his artistic production, initially linked to informal painting with powerfully material canvases, with which he held his first solo exhibition in 1959 at the Galleria Appia Antica in Rome. From informal art, he began to create monochrome paintings, large sheets of paper glued onto canvas and covered with a single drip of colour. Hence the painting became the space of a denied event, where at a second glance emerged letters and fragments of the consumer civilization, such as the trademark of Esso or Coca-Cola, the result of his encounter with Pop Art. The sixties mark the period of the series of "anemic landscapes", a series of paintings in which the natural world is evoked through fragments, details and allusive scripts. A world towards which his attention was once again directed from the 1980s onwards. He conducted a progressive reinterpretation of the history of art that led him to create works dedicated to Futurism, subsequently revisiting Magritte, De Chirico and Cezanne. Schifano also observed cinema, which fitted perfectly into his quest for the uninterrupted flow of images produced by our technological civilisation. From the 1970s on, in the wake of this can be found television images, decontextualized and put onto primed canvas, reflecting a fatuous, evanescent image of rapid consumption.
©Mario Schifano by SIAE 2016 per Mario Schifano
Art and industry in 1960s Italy
Boom. Art and industry in 1960s Italy, exhibition catalogue published in one language ( English ), edited by Flavia Frigeri with texts by Flavia Frigeri and Ursula Casamonti. 92 pages, illustrated artworks
2018, pag 92, English