TANO FESTA - Biography

Tano Festa (Rome, 2 November 1938 - Rome, 9 January 1988) was an Italian artist, painter and photographer. Francesco Lo Savio's brother, he attended the Art Institute of Rome and graduated in photography in 1957, was trained following the example of Cy Twombly and gestural and informal painting.
His first public participation took place in 1959 together with Franco Angeli and Giuseppe Uncini, at a collective exhibition at the La Salita gallery in Rome, where, only in 1961, he would hold his first personal exhibition.
Protagonist of the Roman pop school, he welcomed the new dada solutions with formal rigor, offering isolated monochrome objects for everyday use. Famous are the shutters, mirrors and windows, which become support of his activity as a painter (Persiana, 1963, F. Mauri collection).
Since 1963 Festa has also focused on the masters of the Italian tradition and the Renaissance, in particular the Michelangelo of the Sistine and Medici Chapels, interpreted as advertising images (From Michelangelo, n. I, 1966, private collection), ("Dal Peccato Originale n . 2 ", 1966, private collection).
He was invited to participate in the Rome Quadrennial in 1965.
After a difficult period of poor creativity and disappointing recognition by critics, he was invited to the Venice Biennale in 1980. During the last years of his fulminating existence, in the places on the outskirts of Rome, barracks and the latest taverns outside the city conceived, giving birth 'the light of Egypt', geometric-conceptual works. In 1984 he appeared in the television series "Artisti allo Specchio" of Rai Radio Italian television for the direction of Mario Carbone. He died in Rome in 1988 after a long illness.