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130 x 80 cm
51.18 x 32 in

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Oil on canvas

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2003 , Italy

Salvatore Mangione, known as Salvo (22 May 1947 – 12 September 2015), was an Italian artist who lived and worked in Turin. Salvo was born in Leonforte in 1947. After having spent his early childhood in Sicily, in 1956 he and his family moved from Catania to Turin. In 1963 he participated in the 121st exhibition of the Società Promotrice delle Belle Arti. He painted and tried to sell portraits, copied from Rembrandt and Van Gogh and from Fontana to Chagall. From September to December 1968, he was in Paris, drawn by the cultural climate that flourished around the student movement. Back in Turin, he began to meet with a group of young artists involved in the Arte Povera, that gathered around Gian Enzo Sperone's gallery in Piazza Carlo Alberto. Here, he met Alighiero Boetti, with whom he would become friends, as well as Mario Merz, Gilberto Zorio, Giuseppe Penone and art critics such as Renato Barilli, Germano Celant and Achille Bonito Oliva. In 1969, he had contact with American conceptual artists Joseph Kosuth and Robert Barry, and he also met Sol LeWitt, who would buy some of his works, including the "Occupazione del sapiente letterato (Occupation of the wise man of letters)" tombstone. 1973 was the year of his artistic turning point, in the sense of a return to painting through the recovery of its traditional techniques, which had already been foreshadowed in some of his "Autoritratti benedicenti (Blessing self portraits)" of 1968 and 1969. In the aim of revisiting art history, Salvo went on with his series of d'après, which he commenced in 1970 with his "Autoritratto come Raffaello (Self portrait as Raphael)". Reference to masterpieces of the past does not imply just pure copying, but a simple and ingenuous remake in which, at times, the artist may find the way of including himself through the narcissistic practice of self-portrayal. In December 1973, his recent works, inspired by great masters of the fifteenth century such as Cosmè Tura and Raphael, were on display in different shows. The following year saw the inauguration of the important art show "Projekt '74" in Cologne. Salvo requested his works not be shown in the Kunsthalle, the venue of the exhibition, but in a hall of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, where his "San Martino e il povero (Saint Martin and the pauper)" of 1973 was placed next to masterpieces of painters of different centuries, such as Simone Martini, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Rembrandt and Cézanne. He then painted his first "Italie (Italies)" and "Sicilie (Sicilies)"; these are easily identifiable geographic maps bearing the names of illustrious philosophers, artists and musicians that precede that of Salvo, himself, in the orderly scan of the surface of the works. Starting in 1995 Salvo spent several months each year at his house on the Gulf of Policastro and at his mountain cottage at the foot of Monviso, locations that have inspired many of his works. In 2005, after a short break, he embarked on a new pictorial research project: an attempt to turn away from valleys, his favourite subject in the last years, and direct his focus to planes, introducing a new perspective to his landscapes. In the summer of 2006, he traveled to Iceland, a country to which he dedicated a series of paintings. In 2007 Turin, his home city, dedicated to him a big anthological show at Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, curated by Pier Giovanni Castagnoli. Beginning in 2008 Salvo split his time between Turin and Costigliole D'Asti, in the countryside between Langhe and Monferrato, where he took inspiration from the beautiful landscapes. Salvo died in Turin on 12 September 2015 at the age of 68.

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Venice, S. Marco, 1996/d

Bugno Art Gallery opened its main space in 1991, right in front of La Fenice Theater in Venice. The gallery is renowned for having kept a good connection between all artistic movements born in the city from the post war period and the more contemporary international art scene. Its spaces have hosted works by: Joseph Beuys, Alighieri Boetti, Piero Dorazio, ...

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