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We accumulated a profound understanding of the modern and contemporary art world, over a quarter of a century. Using our knowledge, we are passionately guiding new collectors on their journey to start or enrich their valuable art collections.

Nicola de Maria

De Maria is one of the five artists belonging to the Italian Transavanguardia, theorized by Achille Bonito Oliva in 1978. Unlike other members of the group, such as Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, and Mimmo Paladino, his work has primarily focused on abstraction and a painterly approach that transcends the limits of the canvas, interacting with the surrounding space. De Maria has exhibited in prestigious art events, including the Venice Biennale (1980, 1988, 1990), Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany, the XVI São Paulo Biennale in Brazil, the IV Sydney Biennale in Australia, and the Rome Quadriennale.

Nicola de Maria, Notte angelica, regno dei fiori
Nicola de Maria, "Notte angelica, Regno dei fiori", cm 50 x 40, 1994, oil on canvas
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Nicola de Maria
Nicola de Maria, "Incantata poesia alle donne del cielo", cm 150 x 110, 2000, oil on canvas
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Francesco Clemente, "Albero della vita", cm 66 x 48, 1989, pastel on paper
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Francesco Clemente

Italian painter Francesco Clemente came to prominence in the mid-1970s with vivid paintings rife with erotic imagery of mutilated body parts, gesturing amorphous figures often depicted in rich colors, as well as a series of contorted self-portraits. Fascinated with Indian art and mysticism, his gouache paintings and pastel drawings are especially noted for their intense and arcane quasi-religious content that has grown increasingly surreal in his later works. Though large in scale, Clemente’s work often conveys an uncanny and unabashed intimacy. Clemente has been compared to such painters as Georg Baselitz and David Salle.

Carla Accardi

Carla Accardi rose to fame as founding member of the 1947 Italian avant-garde movement Forma 1, a group of artists based in Rome who, in the face of Fascism, embraced the principals of Futurism and Marxism. As one of the key figures of abstract art in Italy during the time, Accardi developed an iconic visual lexicon of calligraphic marks that, when combined with her minimalist color palette and dynamic compositions, showcased the endless possibilities of abstraction.

Carla Accardi, Lago artificiale
Carla Accardi, Lago artificiale, cm 80 x 60, 1962, oil on canvas
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Giorgio Griffa, senza titolo
Giorgio Griffa, Untitled, 1977, acrylic on raw canvas, cm 117 x 161
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Giorgio Griffa, senza titolo
Giorgio Griffa,Untitled, 1987, acrylic on raw canvas, cm 107 x 80
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Giorgio Griffa

Giorgio Griffa has developed a distinctive painting language since the 1960s, characterized by a reduction to the essential elements of canvas, sign, and color, used in a non-representational perspective. The artist prefers to work on untreated paper and canvases, choosing materials such as cotton, linen, and hemp, whose different thicknesses, textures, and original colors remain explicitly exposed. Starting from 1969, Griffa decided to eliminate even the support of the frame. The signs employed by Griffa are distinguished by their extreme formal simplicity, reflecting his desire to use a language accessible to everyone. The use of color, initially in oil, then replaced by tempera and subsequently by acrylic, adds depth and vibrant vitality to his works. Although often associated with the analytical line of Italian painting since the 1970s, Griffa has always emphasized his identity as a "painter and nothing else", refusing to be rigidly labeled.

Giosetta Fioroni

She was born in Rome in 1932 into a family of artists. Her grandfather, a pharmacist, loved to surround himself with poets, including the poet Vincenzo Cardarelli. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, where she was a student of Toti Scialoja. Throughout her artistic journey, she seems to keep rooted in the very substance of being a woman the emotional tone of childhood. "In all my work there is a kind of common matrix that is childhood, a particular childhood, lived among elements very linked to visionary aspects. All this has played an important role in the choice of certain things, certain framings, even certain ways of imagining space. A space always so distant, as happens on a stage, on a backdrop."

Giosetta Fioroni, Senza titolo
Giosetta Fioroni, Untitled, 1968, silver tempera on paper, cm 32 x 47
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Ugo Nespolo

Born in Mosso (Biella), he graduated from the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin and graduated in Modern Literature. His debut in the Italian artistic panorama dates back to the 1960s, to Pop Art, to conceptual and Poverist futures (exhibitions at Remo Pastori's il Punto gallery in Turin and Galleria Schwarz in Milan). Never absolutely tied to one genre, his production is immediately characterized by an accentuated ironic, transgressive imprint, by a personal sense of fun that will always represent a sort of trademark.

Ugo Nespolo, Account e prova del 9
Ugo Nespolo, "Account e prova del 9", cm 100 x 70, 1991, acrylic on wood
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Ugo Nespolo, Il luogo della poesia
Ugo Nespolo, Il luogo della poesia, cm 70 x 100, 2023, acrylic on HDF
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Ugo Nespolo, Darapti
Ugo Nespolo, Darapti, cm 120 x 80, 1974, acrylic on wood
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Salvo, Senza titolo, cm 20 x 25, 1992, Oil on cardboard on canvas
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Salvo (Leonforte, Enna, 1947 – Turin, 2015) Salvo (real name Salvatore Mangione) was born in Leonforte, in the province of Enna in 1947. In 1956 he and his family move from Catania to Turin, which will always remain his adoptive city. In the early 1960s he begins painting and supports himself by selling low-priced portraits, landscapes and copies of Rembrandt and Van Gogh. In 1963 he participates in the 121st Esposizione della Società Promotrice delle Belle Arti with a drawing after Leonardo.

Mario Schifano

He is considered to be one of the most significant and pre-eminent artists of Italian postmodernism. His work was exhibited in the famous 1962 "New Realists" show at the Sidney Janis Gallery with other young Pop art and Nouveau réalisme innovators, including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Mario Schifano, Paesaggio anemico
Mario Schifano, Untitled, cm 80 x 80, 1985-86, acrylic and enamel on canvas and frame
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Emilio Vedova, Studio per diario Spagna 1
Emilio Vedova, "Studio per diario Spagna 1", cm 23 x 33, 1961, tempera, oil and ink on cardboard on canvas
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Emilio Vedova

Born in Venice in 1919 to a family of artisan-workers, he began working as a self-taught artist in the 1930s. In 1942, he joined the anti-avant-garde movement Corrente. An anti-fascist, he actively participated in the Resistance between 1944 and 1945, and in 1946, in Milan, he signed the manifesto "Beyond Guernica." In the same year, he was among the founders of the Nuova Secessione Italiana, later known as Fronte Nuovo delle Arti. He started exhibiting in solo and group shows from the 1940s, quickly gaining international recognition. In 1951, the Catherine Viviano Gallery in New York dedicated a solo exhibition to him, solidifying his international reputation. Starting from the 1948 Venice Biennale, he participated in several editions of the event, receiving a solo exhibition in 1952, the Grand Prize for painting in 1960, and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 1997.

Giulio Paolini

Over the course of his career, Giulio Paolini became a prominent figure in both Arte Povera and Conceptual Art. Paolini was trained as a graphic designer, but would go on to work in sculpture, painting, and later, photography and collage. His early works reacted against his perception of the beauty of Art Informel, and focused instead on the material and formal components of painting, like the canvas and the frame. He was known at times to eschew the use of paint in favor of bare surfaces. Starting in the 1970s, his works became more conceptual, focused on the systems of creating and exhibiting art.

Giulio Paolini,Studio per sala d'attesa
Giulio Paolini, "Studio per "Sala d'attesa"", cm 34 x 46,5, 2011-12, Collage on digital print
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Giulio Paolini,Antologia (a Simonetta e Ippolito)
Giulio Paolini, "Antologia (a Simonetta e Ippolito)", cm 40 x 67, 1973, Photographs applied in-between two canvases assembled one on top of the other
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Achille Perilli

In 1947, alongside Carla Accardi, Ugo Attardi, Piero Consagra, Dorazio, Guerrini, Antonio Sanfilippo, and Giulio Turcato, he was one of the founders of the Forma 1 group, the first abstract group in Italy and Europe after World War II. This was recounted by Perilli in a 2016 interview. His research and practice are characterized by the use and combination of geometric forms and vibrant colors, through which Perilli experimented and explored the pictorial medium.

Achille Perilli, Il luogo del sonno
Achille Perilli, "Il luogo del sonno", cm 100 x 100, 2007, mixed technique on canvas
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Shybuia, Luce azzurra 10
Shybuia, "Luce azzurra 10", cm 80 x 60, 2023, Oil on canvas
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Shybuia, "Flowers", cm 60 x 40, 2022, Acrilico su tela
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Shybuia, Affresco
Shybuia, "Affresco", cm 52 x 52, 2023, Olio su tela
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Artistically known as Shybuia, the vivid landscape artist was born in 1964 in Romania. Her family was rich in artists, with a sensitivity and love for art in their DNA. Inheritor of these treasures, she traveled the world, collecting experiences and emotions, observing diversity in many facets. A lover of Japanese art and culture, she has been painting since childhood, winning awards from her early painting competitions in elementary school. She dedicates all her time to art, using techniques such as acrylic, watercolor, and recently, oil. Her painting style is a reflection of herself. For her, art is a divine emotion, a beauty destined to reach the heart and save the world from all that is ugly and bad; thus, her mission will be considered fulfilled.

Shybuia, Lavander field
Shybuia, "Poppy field", cm 50 x 50, 2023, Acrylic on canvas
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Mauro Di Silvestre

Mauro Di Silvestre lives and works in Rome. Mauro Di Silvestre was born in Rome in 1968, he studied painting in Los Angeles and Rome. He gets several public awards such as the City of Lissone Prize in 2001 and the Celeste Prize in 2004, winning the 2nd and the dedicated prize respectively to the category of Emerging Painters.

Mauro di Silvestre, Un quadro coi fiocchi
Mauro Di Silvestre, "Un quadro coi fiocchi", cm 160 x 220, 2007-2008, oil on canvas
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