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Below are biographies and analysis of the achievements of Italian artists. We are adding more artists every week, so stay tuned as the most important artists in modern art are given proper coverage.

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Italian: 10 of 355 Total Artists

Italian Painter, Sculptor, and Theoretician

Movements and Styles: Futurism, Cubism, Neo-Impressionism

Born: October 19, 1882 - Reggio Calabria, Italy

Died: August 17, 1916 - Sorte, Italy

Umberto Boccioni was an Italian painter and sculptor. Like the other Futurists, his work centered on the portrayal of movement, speed, and technology. After moving to Milan in 1907, he became acquainted with the Futurists, including the famous poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, and became one of the movement's main theorists.


Italian Painter

Movement: Mannerism

Born: September 29, 1571 - Caravaggio, Lombardy

Died: July 18, 1610 - Porto Ercole, Lombardy

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian Late Renaissance painter who is considered a master of chiaroscuro. He is known for his hot temper and for making powerful portraits and religious scenes.


Italian Painter and Mixed-Media Artist

Movement: Neo-Expressionism

Born: March 23, 1952 - Naples, Italy

Francesco Clemente is an Italian painter commonly associated with the Neo-Expressionist movement, otherwise known as Italian Transavantguardia. Much of his work fuses sexuality with an emotional rawness and brutality. Clemente's paintings also contain visual elements of Surrealism.


Italian Painter

Movement: Surrealism

Born: July 10, 1888 - Volos, Greece

Died: November 20, 1978 - Rome, Italy

Giorgio de Chirico was a Greek-Italian painter and sculptor commonly associated with Surrealism. Initially discovered by Picasso and Apollinaire in France, de Chirico's best-known Surrealist paintings incorporated metaphysical subject matter and sculptural still-life. Instead of land- or cityscapes, de Chirico's art is more emblematic of a dreamscape.


Italian Surrealist Painter, Designer, Illustrator, and Author

Movements and Styles: Surrealism, Magic Realism, Symbolism

Born: August 30, 1907 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Died: January 18, 1996 - Paris, France

Driven by passion, liberty, and sexual experimentation, Fini was arguably the most rebellious, theatrical, and autonomous of the female Surrealists.


Italian Painter, Sculptor, and Conceptual Artist

Movement: Modern Sculpture

Born: 1899 - Rosario de Santa Fe, Argentina

Died: 1968 - Comabbio, Varese, Italy

The Argentina-Italian Fontana was the founder of Spatialism movemnt and was closely tied to Arte Povera. In 1935 he joined the association Abstraction-Création in Paris, and from 1936 to 1949 made expressionist sculptures in ceramic and bronze.


Italian Painter and Sculptor

Movement: Expressionism

Born: July 12, 1884 - Livorno, Italy

Died: January 24, 1920 - Paris, France

Amedeo Modigliani was a Jewish-Italian painter working in Paris from 1906 onwards. His unique style was influenced by Post-Impressionism, Brancusi and Cézanne, and featured ovaloid faces, elongated forms, and the use of brushy, modulated color fields.


Italian Painter and Printmaker

Movements and Styles: Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical Art, Realism

Born: July 20, 1890 - Bologna, Italy

Died: June 18, 1964 - Bologna, Italy

With a sparse selection of household objects and familiar landscapes, painted in muted tones and warm light, Giorgio Morandi bridged the grand legacy of Italian art and twentieth-century modernism.


Italian Sculptor, Painter, Conceptual, and Performance Artist

Movement: Arte Povera

Born: June 25, 1933 - Biella, Italy

Michelangelo Pistoletto is an Italian painter, theorist and action artist, typically associated with the Arte Povera movement. In his work, Pistoletto sought to break down barriers between performance and everyday life, making spectators part of the work. Among his best known works as his "Mirror Paintings" of the 1960s, in which life-size images of the human figures were applied to a polished, stainless steel background as if it were a canvas.


American Painter

Movements and Styles: Futurism, Precisionism, Early American Modernism

Born: June 13, 1877 - Muro Lucano, Italy

Died: November 5, 1946 - Queens, NY

Stella's images of industrial America - especially of New York City landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge are depicted with the power and honesty that were revolutionary. He was one of the founders and leaders in the Precisionism movement.

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