Umberto Mastroianni

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Umberto Mastroianni (September 21, 1910 in Fontana Liri – February 25, 1998 in Marino, Italy), was an Italian abstract sculptor. In 1989, he received the first Praemium Imperiale for sculpture. During World War II, he was in the Italian resistance movement.

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From the early 40’s he started to paint with poor materials, he is the first abstract sculptor, head of the artists that revolutionezed the years of 1900 , an absolute international artist. Working with dinamical geometric-abstract shapes, using materials like terracota, plaster and cardboard , colored and scraped. After World War II, the „poetry „ of Mastroianni reuses the echoes of plastic dinamism of Boccioni’s descendence . Some of his works , that were immediatly done after WWII are conserved at the Modern Art Gallery of Roma, Tate Gallery in London and Salomon Guggenheim Museum in New York. His research has a direct connection with the futuristic period, Brancusi’s cubism , John Arp’s and Henry Moore’s plastics, but keeping os own personal dinamycs , characterized through intense lines and structures, a generative nucleum where gestures are trapped in the haviness of materia. The works of Umberto Mastroianni can be found in more than 280 museums all over the world.

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