Mario Schifano (Italian, 1934–1998) was a painter, collagist, filmmaker, and musician. Born in Homs, Libya, Schifano moved to Rome following World War II. In the early 1950s, he began painting in the Art Informel style, using thick impasto. From 1959 to 1961, Schifano produced a series of paintings on wrapping paper glued to canvas using only one or two colors. His work was similar to French Nouveau Réalisme. In 1962, he began to use themes from advertising. That same year, he was featured in an exhibition New York, where he came into direct contact with American Pop artists, and was particularly influenced by the work of Jim Dine and Franz Kline.

In the second half of the 1960s, Schifano became interested in cinema, television, and performance. He founded the band Le Stelle with guitarist Urbano Orlandi, and designed a booklet for their album, Le ultime parole di Brandimonte. In 1968, Schifano made the film Satellite. Also during this time, Schifano began making screenprints, many of which borrowed imagery from his earlier works.

A set of eight screenprints, was published in Rome for the 1984 Venice Biennale. Beginning in the late 1980s, he often worked with the publisher Torcular of Trezzano del Naviglio, who issued a series of catalogues of his work.

The artist died in Rome in 1998.

Timeline

1934
Born in Homs, Libya
1998
Died in Rome, Italy

Exhibitions

1999
Mario Schifano per esempio, Palazzo Rancani Arroni, Spoleto (solo)
1999
Studio La Città, Verona (solo)
1998
Galleria De’ Foscherari, Bologna (solo)
1998
Mario Schifano. Quattordicimila giorni e oltre, Studio Casoli, Rome (solo)
1997
Musa ausiliaria, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (solo)
1997
Show Room Telemarket, Milan; Bologna; Rome (solo)
1996
Quadri mai visti, City Modern Art Gallery, Ankara (solo)
1996
Museum of Fine Arts, Malta (solo)
1996
Musa ausiliaria, Fundaçao Memorial da América Latina, São Paolo (solo)
1994
Yurakucho Art Forum, Tokyo (solo)
1993
Palazzo della Cultura, Latina (solo)
1992
Museo Etrusco, Tarquinia (solo)
1992
Tridente sette Mediterranea, Galleria Anna D’Ascanio, Rome (solo)
1991
Galleria Mazzoli, Modena (solo)
1991
Omaggio, Studio La Città, Verona (solo)
1990
Palazzo degli Esposizioni, Rome (solo)
1989
Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Palazzo Massari, Ferrara (solo)
1989
Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (solo)
1988
Galerie Adrien Maeght, Paris (solo)
1988
Chiesa S. Maria Impensole – Auditorium San Domenico, Narni (solo)
1987
Galerie Poli, Berlin (solo)
1986
Mario Schifano. Opere anni ’60 (solo)
1985
Musée Saint Pierre d’Art Contemporain, Lyon (solo)
1984
Museo Civico d’Arte Contemporanea, Gibellina (solo)
1983
Nosei Gallery, New York (solo)
1982
Galleria Vigato, Alessandria (solo)
1979
Galleria Galliate, Alassio (solo)
1978
Galleria La Bussola, Turin (solo)
1978
Galleria Interarte, Milan (solo)
1970
Studio Marconi, Milan (solo)
1970
Studio Soligo, Rome (solo)
1969
Galleria La Chiocciola, Padova (solo)