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.
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.
Piero Gilardi (born 1942, Turin) is a visual artist. Born in Italy from a Swiss family, he studied at the Liceo Artistico in Turin. In an interview with LeGrace G. Benson, Gilardi stated that his personal encounter with artist Michelangelo Pistoletto and others helped him in the development of his own artwork.
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.
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.
Giorgio Griffa belongs to a group of artists who transformed Italian art in the post-war era. Working with Giovanni Anselmo, Gilberto Zorio, Giulio Paolini, and Mario and Marisa Merz in mid-1960s Turin, Griffa himself received little international acclaim until well into his career —despite exhibiting at the São Paulo Bienal in 1977 and the Venice Biennale in 1978 and 1980. In the 21st century, his work has received greater recognition; he had solo exhibitions at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève in 2015 and London’s Camden Art Centre in 2018, in addition to another appearance at the Venice Biennale in 2017. Though never fully affiliated with Arte Povera, Griffa draws from the movement’s emphasis on materiality. In minimalist paintings, he reduces his materials and processes to their essential elements —raw canvas, color, and brushstrokes —and depicts rhythmic lines and squiggles made with performative gestures. His simple, unstretched canvases often reveal creases that have formed during storage, adding the suggestion of a grid to his compositions.
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.