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 Mino Maccari  (1898 - 1989)

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Lived/Active: Italy      Known for: painting, sculpture and etching

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BIOGRAPHY for Mino Maccari
1898 (Siena, Italy)
1989 (Rome, Italy)


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Born in Siena in 1898, Mino Maccari at the age of nineteen, fought in the First World War as an artillery officer.  On his return to Siena in 1920, he graduated in law and started working at the legal practice of a lawyer named Dini, in the Colle Val d'Elsa region.  It was during these years that he first tried his hand at painting and etching*.

Maccari's public debut was with the Labronico Group*.  In 1922 he took part in the march on Rome.

In 1924 he was asked by Angiolo Bencini to take charge of printing Il Selvaggio, the periodical in which his first etchings were published.  In 1926 he gave up his law career to take over as director, a position he held until 1942.  In 1925, publication of Il Selvaggio moved to Florence, and its contributors included Ardengo Soffici, Ottone Rosai and Achille Lega.

In 1927 Maccari took part in the Second International Exhibition of Modern Etchings and in the Third Exhibition of the Tuscan Union of Art and Design. The following year he went to the XVI Venice Biennial*.  In 1929, Il Selvaggio moved to Siena, and Maccari exhibited dry-points at the Second Exhibition of the Italian Twentieth Century in Milan.

In the early Thirties, he became editor-in-chief of La Stampa in Turin, working alongside the director, Malaparte.  In 1931 he took part in the first Quadrennial in Rome (which he was to repeat in 1951 and in 1955).  In 1932 Il Selvaggio moved to Rome.  In 1938 he was invited to the XXI Venice Biennial, where he had his own exhibition room.  In the same year he contributed to Longanesi's Omnibus and also held an exhibition of his work at the Arcobaleno in Venice.

In 1943 he had a one-man exhibition at Palazzo Massimo in Rome and at the Dux Exhibition in Cinquale di Montignoso.  In 1948 he again exhibited at the Venice Biennial where he was awarded the international prize for etching (which he was to win again in 1950, 1952, 1960 and 1962).  At the end of the Forties he started contributing to the liberal magazine Il Mondo, directed by Pannunzio, which he continued to do until 1963.

In 1955 he exhibited at the Sao Paulo Art Biennial* (Brazil).  In 1962 he was appointed president of the Accademia dei Lincei.  Then, in 1963, he held a personal exhibition in New York at Gallery 63, and in 1967 he took part in the Mostra d'Arte Moderna in Italia 1915-1935 (Exhibition of Modern Art in Italy from 1915-1935"), held in the Strozzi Palace in Florence.

There followed a series of personal exhibitions and international exhibitions of graphic design, including the 1977 exhibition in Siena, where a one-man exhibition dedicated to his work was held at Palazzo Pubblico.

He died in 1989 in Rome.

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