Ugo Attardi was an Italian painter and sculptor of the '900. He was born in Sori, a city near Genoa, in 1923. His father was a trade unionist and a leading figure in the Federation of Maritime. The family soon moved to Palermo, where his father was born, and it was there that the artist began to take an interest in painting. From his early youth he showed a strong passion for art that led him first to attend the art school in Palermo and then in 1941 he enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture, but due to the war he was unable to graduate. In 1945 he went to Rome and remained the guest of Renato Guttuso and Pietro Consagra. In the following years he was lucky enough to meet other figures of high value in the artistic sector such as Mino Guerrini and Achille Perilli, with whom he will start an artistic movement of abstract style. The post-war climate, full of stimuli and a desire for change led him to form and fulfill himself in his art.
The fifties will determine a turning point: he decides to direct his gaze towards the expressionism and chooses to actively participate in politics by offering its commitment to the Communist Party. It will be the desire to seek novelty that will lead him to move away from abstractionism to experiment with his own vision of expressionism. For two years, in 1952 and 1956, he was invited to exhibit at the Venice Biennale and in Trastevere with great success, probably also aided by the crisis of realism that crept into art galleries.
In the 60s, after a trip to Spain, he began to get passionate about the classics and historical studies. This new research of his will lead him to create the Drapellone del Palio di Siena. In these years he travels a lot abroad and exhibits his works all over the world. Participate in national and international exhibitions in Paris, London, Moscow New York. In Rome he will found together with other young artists the pros and cons : a movement that arises from the pure need to go beyond and overcome abstractionism, proposing a figurative painting. In the following years he will receive several awards for his work: in 1971 he also won a fiction award with his "The heir and the wild". In the eighties, however, he will be honored with two exhibitions in his honor in Milan and Ferrara.
At the end of the sixties he will begin the creation of numerous sculptures including the bas-relief "Addio Che Guevara" of 1968. In this period he will also begin to work with wood creating "The arrival of Pizarro" or, among the bronze works, the enigmatic and sensual work "La Maga".
In the early seventies, however, he created public works, such as the group "The vessel of the Revolution" as a tribute to France by the Italian government for the bicentennial of the storming of the Bastille.
The nineties saw the birth of two of his most famous works includingThe lords of the Norman, which he built in 1992 for the Palermo airport,Ulysses, located in the greenery of Battery Park in New York.
In 2000, Ugo Attardi took part in the first Biennial of contemporary Italian engraving held in Campobasso at Palazzo d'Ovidio. In the same year he will exhibit an anthological exhibition at the Borges Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the following years he gives Pope John Paul II a monumental sculpture calledThe Christ which today can be visited in the Vatican Museums.
In 2004, to celebrate the entry of the Republic of Malta into the European Union, the monumental sculpture was placedAeneas in the port of Valletta in Malta. In 2006, the day after his death, the city greets him with a public ceremony which is also attended by numerous artists, writers, poets and critics. A year later the work entitledBrightness at the Palazzo Reale in Milan and in conjunction with the anniversary of the death of his beloved Pope, an exhibition in his honor is inaugurated at the Casa d'Arte Ulisse in Rome.
For Ugo Attardi the works of art had a particular purpose, that is to make appearances. In this case, the term "appearance" has the meaning of both "appearance" and "semblance". And he wanted to give his own art life of his own and autonomous. He died in 2006 in Rome at the age of 83.