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Tano Festa

Tano Festa 

(Rome, 1938 - 1988)

Tano Festa, younger brother of the artist Francesco Lo Savio, attends the Art Institute in Rome and graduates in Artistic Photography in 1957. Two years later he takes part in his first group show, Franco Angeli - Tano Festa - Giuseppe Uncini at La Salita Gallery in Rome, where he held his first solo exhibition in 1961. Tano Festa’s painting has always been filled with an expressive energy contaminated by the need to perceive the everyday-life object as the foundational basis of art: shutters, doors, windows and mirrors no longer perform their function as objects but, as they are painted, they become paintings. In 1964 he is invited to the Venice Biennale where the two versions of La Creazione dell’Uomo are displayed. In the early ‘70s, the artist starts to experiment new art technique relying more on pictorial matter, gesture and color. The images are still drawn from the art history of the past, projected on the canvas but re-proposed in a more fragmented manner.

Among his most important solo and group exhibitions, we can mention: 5 pittori – Roma 60: Angeli, Festa, Lo Savio, Schifano e Uncini, La Salita Gallery (Rome, 1960); Vitalità del negativo nell’arte italiana 1960/70, Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome, 1970); Venice Biennale (Venice, 1964-1978-1980-1984-1993-1995-2013); The Italian Metamorposhis, 1943-1968, Guggenheim Museum (New York, 1994); Minimalia: An Italian Vision in 20th Century Art, Museum of Modern Art (New York, 1999); Italics. Arte Italiana fra Tradizione e Rivoluzione, 1968-2008, Palazzo Grassi-Fondazione Francois Pinault (Venice, 2008) and Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (Chicago, 2009).

Tano Festa, Armadio con specchio, 1962
Opaque enamels and silver purpurin on wood
cm 200 x 181