Conceptual artist and painter – but also poet, writer, playwright and director – Emilio Isgrò (Barcelona, Sicily, 1937) is one of the most internationally known Italian art names between the 20th and 21st centuries.
Since the Sixties, Isgrò has created one of the most revolutionary and original works of art, which earned him several participations at the Venice Biennale (1972, 1978, 1986, 1993) and the first prize at the Biennale di San Paolo (1977). From 1956 to the present day the artist lives and works in Milan, except for a parenthesis in Venice (1960-1967) as director of the Gazzettino’s cultural pages.
Isgrò founded a new language, original and complex. The erasures that made him famous date back to the early sixties and opened the way to a new way of understanding the value of words and communication. The artist began to work on the text, whether posters or books, comics and magazines, covering most of the words with a strong black mark. Many accused him of performing a nihilistic action, but his aim was exactly the opposite: erasure is the means through which he made some words and phrases stand out in a particular way. The basis of his idea is to reinforce the dignity of the word.
Ph credits Lorenzo Palmieri