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Piero Manzoni

Piero Manzoni

(Soncino, 13 July 1933 – Milano, 6 February 1963)

He was an Italian artist, internationally known for his Achrome and Artist's Shit. He grew up in Milan and enrolled at the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.
His family attended the Milanese artistic circles and Lucio Fontana, founder of Spatialism, and famous for the holes and cuts on the canvas.
His first paintings are traditional oil landscapes and portraits.
In 1955 he began to paint with imprints of trivial objects (nails, scissors, tongs, etc.). In 1957 he exhibited, with Ettore Sordini and Angelo Verga, at a group exhibition at the Pater gallery in Milan and published the manifesto in favour of an organic painting.
He is also co-signatory of the Manifesto against style with the Grouppo Nucleare, with which he exhibits at the "Movimento Arte Nucleare" at the San Fedele gallery in Milan.
He started working on the canvases Ipotesi, with materials such as plaster and glue.