(Barcellona di Sicilia, 1937)
Artist, writer, poet, man of the theater, essayist, Emilio Isgrò has always been an independent figure in the international artistic landscape.Starting from the Visual Poetry – of which he was the highest theoretician ' and most prominent exponent – the artist has begun to produce the Cancellature in 1964, exposing them in Italian and foreign galleries and museums.In 1979, at the Rotonda in Via Besana in Milan,he realized the large installation Chopin for 15 piano. In 1985 he produced, commissioned by La Scala Theater, the multimedia installation La veglia di Bach, followed in 1986 by L' ora italiana at the Archaeological Museum of Bologna. In 1998 he realized the giant Seme d’ arancia, donated by the artist to his hometown as a symbol of the social and civil rebirth for the countries of the Mediterranean. He was invited to the Venice Biennale in 1972, 1978, 1986, 1993. In 1977 he won the first prize at the Biennale of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2011 the city of Palermo has dedicated to him a large retrospective exhibition in the Gothic-Catalan church of Santa Maria Spasimo. In recent years he has started a research on the topic of insects, a metaphor of vitality and fruitfulness, starting with the installation Le Api della Torah built in 2001 for the old publisher Belforte. Since 1956 he lives and works in Milan.
Emilio Isgrò, Braccio, 1991
book, acrylics, frame on wood, plexiglas cover
cm 45 x 52 x 5