Mario Schifano

Chi e’?  Tu sai?

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I have to admit that I have not known this artist until Italian class today.  So, I decided to look into him. Here’s what I learned:

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Mario Schifano (1934 – 1998) was an Italian painter and collagist of the Postmodern tradition.  He also achieved some renown as a film-maker and rock musician.

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He is considered to be one of the most significant and pre-eminent artists of Italian postmodernism. His work was exhibited in the famous 1962 “New Realists” show at the Sidney Janis Gallery with other young Pop art and Nouveau realisme luminaries luminaries, including Andry Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.  Schifano became part of the core group of artists comprising the “Scuola romana”  alongside Franco Angeli and Tano Festa. Reputed as a prolific and exuberant artist, he nonetheless struggled with a lifelong drug habit that earned him the label maledetto, or “cursed”.  

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Stiffen died in 1998 after a life of excess: drugs, prison, asylums and suicide attempt.

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