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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1900, in Marciana Marina (Livorno); died 1971, in Milan.

Painter, ceramicist, illustrator, scenographer, writer. Stage costumes.

Futurism.

Giovanni Acquaviva studied philosophy and law at the University of Pisa, while devoting himself to illustration at the same time. He founded the Futurist group ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 2 December 1899, in Albisola; died May 1971, in Albisola.

Ceramicist, draughtsman, painter, sculptor, screen printer, photographer. Artists' books.

Futurism.

Tullio d'Albisola studied with his father Giuseppe, a master potter, then with Gaetano Ballardini at the international university pottery class in Faenza, which he entered in ...

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Italian, 20th century, female.

Born 1890; died 1981, in Foligno.

Painter, watercolourist, ceramicist.

In the 1930s Leandra Angelucci-Cominazzini was closely associated with Marinetti and his wife Benedetta's Futurist group. In 1939 she wrote the Umbrian Futurist Aeropainting manifesto. In the 1940s her works became metaphysical, combining representations of fantasy and geometric elements. She had shows in the Venice Biennale in ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 15 February 1900, in Florence.

Painter, draughtsman, ceramicist, lithographer, monotype artist.

Borsi became interested in painting from 1916 and participated in the Futurist movement while studying to be a goldsmith. In 1920, he moved to Scandinavia where he lived for five years, working in interior design and studying ceramics. His work was exhibited in Copenhagen. In ...

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Farfa  

Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1881, in Trieste; died 1964, in San Remo.

Painter, collage artist, potter.

Futurism.

Farfa's early years were uneventful, until he met the Futurists on the evening of 12 January 1910 in Trieste. He forged a lasting bond with Marinetti in ...

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Fillia  

Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 3 October 1904, in Revello; died 9 February 1936, in Turin.

Painter, photomontage artist, writer, illustrator. Murals, ceramics.

Futurism.

Luigi Enrico Colombo took the pseudonym Fillia, which was his mother's maiden name. Although he died at the age of only 32, he was one of the most far-sighted thinkers to influence the evolution of artistic expression between the two World Wars. In fact, in the course of the many journeys he made right up to his death in Paris, he was in contact with the pioneers of abstract art, which was at that time ignored by everyone, and this was how he came to be linked with the leaders of the ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1908, in Genoa; died 1980.

Illustrator, potter.

Futurism.

Alfredo Gaudenzi owes his nickname 'Alf' to Marinetti, who he met in Milan. He turned to painting after qualifying as an accountant but failing to establish himself in a career. He was also a journalist and a commercial artist. He joined the Futurist Group in Turin, then, in ...

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Saverio Simi de Burgis

(b Treviso, Aug 11, 1889; d Milan, March 22, 1947).

Italian sculptor and ceramicist. He was primarily a sculptor, though in 1902 he started work in Treviso as an apprentice ceramicist, working in the Gregorj pottery there from 1908 to 1912. He returned to pottery later in life working at Faenza and Albisola. Some of his finest pottery consists of plaques of still-life subjects. From 1906 to 1907 he attended the studio in Treviso of a local sculptor, A. Carlini (1859–1945), and subsequently studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice where he was taught by the Italian sculptor Urbano Nono (1849–1925). In 1909 he met Gino Rossi and with him took part in exhibitions at the Ca’ Pesaro in Venice, organized by the art critic Nino Barbantini.

In order to keep himself up to date with new tendencies Martini travelled and, in particular, stayed in Paris where in 1912 seven of his carvings were displayed with work by Rossi and Modigliani at the Salon d’Automne. Typical of this period is the coloured terracotta ...

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Danish, 20th century, male.

Born 23 April 1885, in Copenhagen; died 1961.

Watercolourist, painter (gouache), draughtsman, ceramicist. Genre scenes, still-lifes, landscapes with figures.

Futurism.

Jais Nielsen learned painting from Zahrtmann and Johan Rohde and continued his studies in Paris between 1911 to 1914. There followed a period of study in Italy, thanks to a scholarship in ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1900, in Turin; died 1981, in Turin.

Painter, ceramicist, designer, illustrator. Figures, scenes with figures. Posters, murals.

Futurism.

Ugo Pozzo founded the Turin Futurist group in 1923 with Fillia and Tullio Alpinolo Bracci and took part in most of the Futurist exhibitions until ...