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I was born on the 21st of February 1899 in Perugia. At the age of 18 I was sent to war on the Austrian front. In 1923 I graduated in medicine and surgery in Rome and specialised in odonto-stomatology in 1926. In 1935 I qualified as an university teacher without tenure in Rome. In 1949 I invented and produced the world’s first dental drill unit which I installed in my studio in Perugia. I obtained several patents in the field of medical and pharmaceutical odonto-stomatology. In 1957 I published a study on “dental root implants” which, I wrote, could be carried out in three different ways. I could be described as the father of dental implants!

In 1940, recalled to arms as a medical captain, I was despatched to Albania. I was wounded: a grenade explosion left me with a spontaneous pneumothorax as a result of which I was immobilised for months on end. When I returned home to convalesce, living beside my wife Bettina, a “real” painter who had studied at the Academy and who was extremely talented, I felt the need to try to soil small canvases and wooden boards. I don’t know why, but at that moment I found wood so attractive that I used it to make racks and strange constructions. I used clips to hold them together but I also bound them together with ropes and cords. I also felt the desire to use paints and took those belonging to my wife. I would squeeze the paint from the tube and, without using brushes but helping myself with my fingers, I created strange characters and shapes. One day I happened upon a can of yellow paint… Grasping the can I drizzled rivulets and threads of paint onto a wooden board: letting the paint run everywhere, in circles. The next day I got myself some more cans: red, black, green and azure. Perfecting myself in the distribution of the paint I let it drop from a pointed stick onto the yellow of the previous day; beginning with the red, moving on to the green and the black. I waited for an hour before pouring the azure paint… I made many large and small pictures which I later largely destroyed, using the boards and pieces of wood to create figurative art. Later I called those colourings STRATIKROMIE.

With my wife’s tubes of paint I described what was actually happening at that time. I depicted public demonstrations, the queues of people waiting to procure food, the injured, the prisoners, the insane asylums…
I was however much more drawn to the materialistic and colouristic compositions. I sensed that they needed to maintain a certain equilibrium and the placement of the objects that I used in the materialistic paintings demanded greater effort. I didn’t paint many figurative works, more of the materialistic variety, but all things considered not many even of these. To me a painting, a composition, always demands great involement and everything must turn out as I see it…

My first personal exhibition was held in 1946 at the “iI Cortile” Gallery of Rome, presented by Sinisgalli, Ciarletta e De Libero. Later I held other exhibitions, not many in number but important, at the Pater and Borgonovo Galleries of Milan, at the Schneider, at the Contini, at the Editalia Qui Arte Contemporanea in Rome, at the Cavallino of Venice, and at Spoleto in 1976 on the invitation of the organisers of the Festival of Two Worlds. In 1976 the Editalia inserted me in the series on contemporary art “Collana d’Arte Contemporanea” with a monograph on my work with an introduction by Giulio Carlo Argan, Italo Tomassoni and André Verdet,

In 1961, on the hill of Montemalbe, five kilometres from Perugia, amid the green of holm oaks, I created the Fuseum, my personal gallery, its woody park strewn with sculptures.

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