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Tano Festa

(Rome, 1938 – Rome, 1988)

Tano Festa was an Italian painter. Together with Franco Angeli and Mario Schifano, he was one of the leading figures of the School of Piazza del Popolo. He organized his first personal exhibition at the famous “La Salita Gallery” in Rome at the age of 23. His beginnings, highly influenced by his interest in Surrealism, are characterized by a zeroing of painting through monochrome. Since 1962, his works have been characterized by doors, windows, shutters, and wardrobes, de-built and rebuilt by a carpenter, following the artist’s suggestion. In 1964, Tano Festa participated in the XXXII Venice Biennale, exhibiting “La Creazione dell’Uomo” (“The creation of man”), which was the result of his research on the most significant works of the Italian artistic past. Tano Festa, during the course of his career, was very interested in Michelangelo’s frescoes and sculptures, which became privileged subjects for his personal interpretation of Pop Art. In 1967 he wrote: “We live in a country where, instead of consuming canned food, we consume the image of the Mona Lisa on chocolates.” In fact, he called itself “popular”, not pop. In the Seventies, he has always dedicated his works to the reworking of elements of art history, even if the portrait always had a privileged place in his painting.


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