(b Rome, March 7, 1900; d Rome, Oct 9, 1972).
Italian painter. After taking a degree in law in 1922 he decided to become a painter and attended the atelier of Felice Carena, at the same time forming a very close friendship with the Italian painter Emanuele Cavalli (1904–81), an almost symbiotic association that lasted until about 1945. He first exhibited his work in 1927 alongside Cavalli; their combination of primitivism with an intellectual approach influenced the formative work of Gino Bonichi Scipione, Mario Mafai and Antonietta Raphaël (?1895–1975).
After a trip to Paris in 1929 Capogrossi returned to Rome where, with Cavalli and Corrado Cagli, he elaborated a type of painting based on a magical and esoteric conception of colour. All three were among the loose association of painters that came to be known as the Scuola Romana. The compositions of paintings made by Capogrossi during these years, such as the Tiber in Full Spate...