SEBASTIANO CARTA

SEBASTIANO CARTA - Biography

Sicilian, attracted by the world of the arts, very young adhered to Futurism and at just twenty years of age, after having received the appreciation of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti for his writing "Physical Arrangement", overcoming also the opposition of the family, he left for the capital. Marinetti immediately senses its expressive strength and potential and introduces him to the Roman group, of which Carta will represent, if possible, the most anarchic and transgressive side, also departing from the more traditional stylistic features of the movement. He produces free words (1933), exhibited by Bragaglia and signed the Manifesto of Mural Poetry in 1936.
Poet, painter, polemist, in 1944, after the Futurist experience ended, together with Stradone, Dorazio, Zavattini, Guttuso founded the "Casa Rossa", a group of anti-bourgeois culture, linking himself with friendship with Roberto Melli, Antonio Marasco, Enrico Accatino, who like him they chose Rome as the new city of choice.
An anomalous artist, he moved to Como and Pavia and joined the Primordial Values ​​group inspired by the architect Giuseppe Terragni. Back in Rome he participated in two Quadriennials, developing a painting different from all his friends and travel companions, exploring since the 1950s a conceptual abstraction that brings him closer to the Bauhaus than to Italian painting, often trespassing in the expressionist area. With a highly recognizable style and an approach to work almost as an ante litteram street artist, so much so that the writer Cesare Zavattini will write: "... when he spreads large sheets of paint in front of his friends, he begins to love and appreciate him again. to these sheets as to the figures that the itinerant painters make on the sidewalks .... "It is a lonely path, marked by serious economic problems and by a difficulty in inserting it in the bourgeois and commercial context that prevents it from exhibiting in recent years. He will die at just 60 years, in Rome, in 1973.