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Emilio Scanavino, untitled


EMILIO SCANAVINO (Genoa 1922 - Milan 1986) UNTITLED
Monotype. The work was made with three impressions in black ink, from wood or linoleum cliché, on cardboard, the background prepared spreading the ink with a roller. Signed Scanavino in ball point pen at bottom right. On the verso proofs in the same technique. 226 x 228 mm.

Born in Genoa, after attending the magistrale school, Scanavino studied at the Nicolò Barabino artistic high school. He had his first solo exhibition in 1942 at the Salone Romano in Genoa; in the same year he enrolled at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Milan, but in 1943 he was called to arms and had to abandon his studies. After the war he worked as a technical draftsman at the municipal administration of Genoa. In 1947, Scanavino went to Paris for the first time. In his stay he met poets and artists, as Edouard Jaguer, Wols, Camille Bryen. The Parisian experience will prove to be fundamental in its stylistic path, the main influences being those of Post-cubism, Picasso and Abstractism. In 1950 Scanavino exhibited at the Venice Biennale, arousing the attention of the critics and he decided to devote himself completely to painting.
In 1951 a personal exhibition was inaugurated at the Apollinaire Gallery in London. There Scanavino met Philip Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi and Francis Bacon: the latter's works in particular left a deep mark on the artist. In Albisola, in Liguria, he attended the ceramic workshop of Tullio d'Albisola, where he met and became friends with Fontana, Dangelo, Baj, Dova, Crippa, Jorn, Appel, Corneille, Matta, Lam. In this period he met also Carlo Cardazzo, destined to become his attentive dealer. In 1957 Scanavino met the young Enrico Crispolti, who will become one of the most attentive scholars of Italian and European Informal Art. With the critic Scanavino kept a long correspondence that highlights the link of the artist with the pictorial language of European informal art, particularly with the lesson of Wols and with the suggestions of Bacon and Paolozzi.
In 1962 Scanavino bought an old house at Calice Ligure, which eventually became an atelier and in 1968 he moved his studio there, creating a small community with others artists. In 1971 he survived a hard surgery. The recovery signaled the start of a new creative wave in his painting. He travelled in Belgium, France and Germany but he remained living at Calice Ligure. Between 1973 and 1974 the Kunsthalle of Darmstadt exhibited a huge exposition of Scanavino works that, with some variation, was also shown in 1974 at Venice's Palazzo Grassi and Milan's Palazzo Reale. In 1982, although in failing health, he kept working and exhibiting in public and private places. In 1986 he was invited to exhibit at Rome Quadriennale.

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