Italian modern art: Fausto Melotti

Italian modern art: Fausto Melotti

Fausto Melotti has been a very influent italian sculpturer and painter, who revolutioned ‘900 plastic art.

Born in Rovereto in 1901, he lived his artistic life in Florence, where he got in contact with many writers and artists of the time and where he could experience first hand the masterpieces of Giotto, Simone Martini, Botticelli and Michelangelo. He kept contact with his hometown, and he had there some important friendships with Fortunato Depero and with the architecht Gino Pollini, who founded the Italian rationalism.

Melotti studied first music, and then decided to devote himself to sculpture. His style changes between different times but always keeps a reseach for shapes and an almost musical rhythm. His link with metaphysical art and in particular with Lucio Fontana is highly recognisable in his work.

His sculpture lies mostly on a “mental” state, and it’s very sinthetic also with the materials used: ceramic, and mostly steel. Everyone of his work is hironic and surreal.

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