Erica Ravenna

Mario Schifano

mario Schifano

(Homs, 1934 - Rome, 1998)

Mario Schifano’s debuts in the group exhibition Five Roman painters: Angeli, Festa, Lo Savio, Schifano and Uncini curated by Pierre Restany at Galleria La Salita in Rome in 1958. Schifano immediately attracts the interest of art critics with his monochrome paintings made by enamel applied on wrapped paper on canvas. In 1962 fragments of images begin to appear on the monochrome surfaces: at first the figures are just sketched then they become images of the metropolitan landscape, objects already reproduced. The reality depicted by Schifano is mediated through mass media. The artist starts to introduce in his works numbers, road signs, symbols and brands such as Esso and Coca Cola. In 1964 he presents at the Venice Biennale the first of his Paesaggi Anemici, made with enamel colours on glossy paper sheets glued on canvas, followed by works dedicated to Futurism. In the 80s Schifano focuses his work on more natural themes characterized by a richer and dense painting.

Among his most important exhibitions we can mention: 5 artisti Roma: Angeli, Festa, Lo Savio, Schifano e Uncini, Galleria la Salita (Rome, 1960); I nuovi realisti, Sidney Janis Gallery (New York, 1962); Vitalità del negativo nell'arte italiana 1960/70, Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome, 1970); Identitè Italienne. L’art en Italie depuis 1959, Centre Pompidou (Paris, 1981); Italian Art in the XX Century, Royal Accademy (London, 1985); The Italian Metamorposhis, 1943-1968, Guggenheim Museum (New York, 1994); Biennale di Venezia (Venice, 1964, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1993); il Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, (Varsavia, 1999); Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (Rome, 2008); MACRO (Rome, 2010); Imagine. Nuove Immagini Nell’Arte Italiana 1960-1969, Collezione Peggy Guggenheim (Venice, 2016). 

Mario Schifano, Mare, 1963
Enamel and graphite on paper applied on canvas
cm 200 x 200