Mario Merz

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Birthday
1, 1925
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Nov 9, 2003 (78)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
1, 1925
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Nov 9, 2003 (78)

About

Italian sculptor and painter associated with the Arte Povera movement. His first one-man exhibition occurred in 1954 at Turin's Galleria La Bussola.

Before Fame

He was imprisoned during World War II for his involvement with the anti-Fascist group Giustizia e Libertà. It was at this point that he started drawing to pass the time and experimenting with the continuous graphic stroke.

Trivia

He was the subject of a 2002 film directed by British artist, Tacita Dean.

Family Life

He met his artist wife Marisa while he was studying in Turin during the 1950s.

Associated With

He was influenced by the work of poet Ezra Pound.