The following text was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California:
Alberto Burri was born in 1915 at Citta de Castelli, in Perugia, Italy. His father was a wine merchant from Tuscany; his mother was a schoolteacher from Umbria. He was steeped in the local country traditions, the rich folklore. Although he had studied art and art history in high school, at the University of Perugia, he studied medicine.
During World War II, he was serving as a medical officer in the Italian Army in North Africa when he was captured by the Americans. During the empty days of his long imprisonment in Texas as an American war prisoner he turned to painting.&nb
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