© Archivio Mario Schifano
© Archivio Mario Schifano
© Archivio Mario Schifano

MARIO SCHIFANO

Mario Schifano was born in Homs, Libia, in 1934. Under the influence of American Pop, Schifano was intrigued by media communication and contemporary icons created by television. At the beginning of the 70’s he started to transfer images seen (and photographed) on TV, on emulsioned canvas, isolating them from the narrative rythm of the sequences to which they belong. The Pop painting techniques suggested him to present them with a touch of nitred colour creating abstract effects. While at the end of the 70’s he  projected images on canvas, years later he worked printing small size colour photographs with hand painted interventions, making them a true unique iconic piece. Photology has been representing only this typology of Mario Schifano’s works. These painted color photographic prints (works available for sale) were massivly produced in the 80’s and 90’s and they were his way of being part of the day-by-day mediatic system. Working with a Tv on at all time, gave him the opportunity to create thousands of snapshots of images which were hand-painted or retouched with pens and brushes; a continous stream of images able to generate abstract perceptions of reality. Mario Schifano died in Rome on 26 January 1998; after his death he has been celebrated as one of the major Italian artists of the twentieth century with exhibitions in Europe and South America. Photology included his unique works in Artfairs installations and in Italian Photoartists group show, with venues in Paris and Bologna in 2007. In 2014 Photology exhibited in Milano the vintage prints of his project Paesaggi TV.