Mario Schifano (Homs, 20 September 1934 - Rome, 26 January 1998) was an Italian artist, painter and director.
Together with Franco Angeli and Tano Festa he represented a fundamental point of Italian and European Pop art.
Perfectly inserted in the international cultural scene of the sixties, he was considered a prolific artist, exuberant
and a lover of worldliness. The drug habit that lasted all his life earned him the label of cursed artist.
Passionate student of new pictorial techniques, he was among the first to use the computer to create works and was able to process images from the computer and bring them back on emulsified canvases (the "computerized canvases"). Among the most important works of Mario Schifano we should mention the Propagande, series dedicated to advertising brands (Coca-Cola and Esso) in which there is that clear example of popular art, or the transmission of commonly used and easily recognizable images cited in multiple ways or details of the same, to bicycles, flowers and nature in general (among the most famous series we find the anemic landscapes, the interrupted views, the tree of life, extinct and the wheat fields) .The emulsified canvases, daughters of those his continuous photographic shots that accompany his entire life, canvases where television images of daily consumption are re-proposed, multiple and continuous flow with light int pictorial works.


1964 Galleria Il Punto,Torino.
1964 Odyssia Gallery,New York
1968 Compagni compagni, Studio Marconi,Milano
1976 Documenti. La tendenza pop, una situazione italiana. Mario Schifano, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Modena
1979 Palazzo dei Diamanti, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Ferrara
1983 Annina Nosei Gallery, New York
1999 Io sono infantile, Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia
2005 Schifano 1960-1964. Dal monocromo alla strada, Fondazione Marconi,Milano
2007 Mario Schifano: paintings 1960-1966, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York
2009 Schifano 1934-1998, Musée d’art moderne, Saint-Etienne
2017 Al di là delle Stelle Mario Schifano: Monotipi e Multipli, Fornaciai Art Gallery, Firenze - Modern and Contemporary since 1956.

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