Alberto Sughi was born in Cesena in 1928. A self-taught painter, by the end of his formative years he had become one of the greatest Italian artists of his generation. He started painting in the early 1950s, choosing realism in the debate between abstract and figurative art in the immediate post-war period. Even from his early works, however, Sughi’s paintings have avoided any attempt at social moralising. They depict moments from daily life with no heroes, allowing Enrico Crispolti, in 1956, to define his work as "existential realism". His artistic expression proceeds, almost always, in thematic cycles, in the manner of film sequences. First of all, there were his so-called "green paintings", devoted to the relationship between man and nature (1971-1973), then the "Supper" cycle (1975-1976), after that the 20 paintings and fifteen studies of "Imagination and memory of the family", dating from the early 1980s; the series "Evening or reflection" started from 1985. His most recent series of large canvases, exhibited in 2000, is entitled "Nocturnal".
Nominated President of the Quadriennale exhibition in Rome in the nineties, in the year 2000 Sughi received the Michelangelo Prize in Rome. In October 2004 he was made Artist of the Month on the Australian site Artquotes.net. His painting La Sete became the cover of the 2004/2005 American biennal poetry magazine, Westbranch, of Bucknell University (Pennsylvania). In May 2005 NYartsmagazine.com dedicated a full page to Sughi, under the title Ideology and Solitude. On 28 November 2005 the Italian President, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, awarded him the prestigious Vittorio De Sica Prize. In 2007 a major retrospective of Alberto Sughi has been held at the Museum of Complesso del Vittoriano in Rome. A very special homage the city of Rome wanted to pay to Sughi considering no living artists had ever exhibited there before. At the moment Sughi writes for Absolutearts.com, the arts directory of Columbus (Ohio), and his monthly blog is devoted to general artistic and social themes.