Italian, 20th century, male.
Born 1 January 1925, in Milan; died 9 November 2003, in Milan.
Painter, installation artist, sculptor, draughtsman, mixed media.
Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, Visual Poetry.
Mario Merz spent two years studying medicine at the University of Turin, during which time he also tried his hand at Concretist poetry and attended courses at the institute of fine arts. However, he soon turned against any kind of formal education. In 1945, shortly before the fall of Mussolini, he was imprisoned under the Fascist regime as a political activist. On his release he moved to Paris, where he became familiar with the work of artists such as Dubuffet, Fautrier and Pollock and the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre. In 1959, he met his future wife Marisa, and in the mid-1960s he returned to live and work in Turin....