54. Giuseppe Migneco (1908 – 1997)

Born in Messina, one of the leading Expressionists painter of the twentieth Century, after classical studies in his hometown, he moved to Milan in 1931 where he began to study medicine. In Milan, Migneco entered the art world by drawing sketches for the “Corriere Dei Piccoli” and working for the publisher Rizzoli.

In 1934 Migneco connected with Sassu, Renato Birolli, Raffaele De Grada. A few years later, in 1937, he was among the founders of the movement “Corrente” which brought together artists from different cultural backgrounds, with the common aim to be open to modern European culture, rejecting the cultural isolation imposed by Fascist policy. In the group “Current” flocked, over time, artists with very different visions of art, initially united to reject outdated pictorial canons, which will then take different paths, as Arnaldo Badodi, Birolli Broggini, Cassinari, Cherchi, Gauli, Guttuso, Manzù, Morlotti, Paganin, Sassu, Valenti, and Vedova. After the war, Migneco refined his taste for the “social realism” undergoing the influence of the Mexican wall painters. An admirer defined him as “wood carver who carves with a brush”.

In the fifties, now famous, Migneco was celebrated among the masters of Italian contemporary art and his work was exhibited in the most prestigious galleries in Italy and abroad (i.e. Gothenburg, Boston, Paris, Stuttgart, New York, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Zurich. In 1958 Migneco participated in the XXIX Biennale di Venezia. Strong and vibrant colors, faces tough and courageous make his paintings expression of existential struggle, of the ongoing and deep confrontation between humanity and the events that besiege it, in the consciousness and hope of freedom and memory, beyond the absurd loneliness of existence. Migneco died in Milan in 1997.

Read More:
1. Wikipedia, https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Migneco
2. Settemuse, http://www.settemuse.it/pittori_scultori_italiani/giuseppe_migneco.htm

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