Giuseppe Migneco biography

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Giuseppe Migneco, born in 1903 in Messina, was an Italian painter among the greatest expressionists of the twentieth century. After completing his classical studies in his hometown, he moved to Milan in 1931, where he began studying medicine. While he supported himself by working as a designer for the Corriere dei piccolo and as a retoucher for the publisher Rizzoli, Giuseppe Migneco approached art and began to paint paintings with an autobiographical content.
However, the turning point in His career began in 1934, when he came into contact with Aligi Sassu, Renato Birolli and Raffaele De Grada, artists who enchanted him. In 1937, Giuseppe Migneco was among the founders of the artistic movement Corrente, which brought together artists from different cultural experiences, united by the objective of opening Italian culture to modern European culture, rejecting the isolation imposed by the regime fascist. Over time, Corrente sees the membership of artists with very different artistic visions, initially united by the desire to overcome the pictorial canons of the past, but subsequently each takes their own path.
After the Second World War, Giuseppe Migneco develops his interest in social realism influenced by Mexican muralist painters. An admirer of his defines him as a wood carver who sculpts with the brush , underlining his ability to represent the world with strong and lively colours, which recall his Sicilian homeland characterized by violent and clear-cut features. The hard and courageous faces present in his paintings represent the expression of the existential struggle, of the constant confrontation with humanity and the events that surround it, in the search for freedom and memory beyond the absurd solitude of existence.
In the 1950s, Giuseppe Migneco's fame was further consolidated and he was recognized as one of the masters of contemporary Italian art. He exhibits in prestigious national and international galleries, including Gothenburg, Boston, Paris, Stuttgart, New York, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Zurich. He participates in numerous editions of the Venice International Art Exhibition and the Rome Quadrennial. Giuseppe Migneco's painting is characterized by the use of bright colors and a strong emotional expression. His paintings represent the harshness of human life, struggling against pain and fatigue. His works are permeated by a sense of existential struggle and deep introspection, expressing awareness and hope for freedom and memory. Giuseppe Migneco died in Milan in 1997, leaving behind a significant artistic legacy. His expressionist painting and his sincere commitment have made his paintings powerful testimonies of the human condition and the search for meaning in existence.