Guglielmo Sansoni Tato

Biography

Guglielmo Sansoni, known as Tato, was an Italian Futurist artist and one of the leading figures in plane painting. In 1920 he organized a fake funeral to "die" like Guglielmo Sansoni and be reborn as Tato Futurist. He met Filippo Tommaso Marinetti for the first time in Bologna in 1922 and became his friend. In 1929, together with other futurists, he published the Manifesto of Aeropittura in the Gazzetta del Popolo. In September 1930 he and Marinetti organized the first national photographic competition, and between that year and the following year they proposed the Futurist Photography Manifesto. In 1941 he wrote the autobiography Tato “RacconTato” da Tato. The figure and the work of Tato have been waiting for a definitive arrangement for years. However, it is not easy to fix deadlines, given the vastness of the material still to be examined and the numerous unpublished works to be analyzed. It is clear, however, that at the current state of research, the figure of Tato should now be read << all-around >>. In fact, he is a painter, sculptor, writer, essayist, fresco painter, ceramist, interior decorator, set designer, and futurist photographer. These are the most significant strands of a commitment that has developed over a period of sixty years. His complex personality has had close relations with the key figures of futurism since its inception. The documents that testify to the participation in the Futurist movement - often as a protagonist - have not yet been fully brought to light or arranged appropriately. The same book (autobiography) Tato recounted by Tato, published in 1941, provides only some indications and briefly documents the unfolding of his many experiences (futurism, aeropittura, photography, scenography, aeroceramica, futurist furniture, etc.). Therefore, a complete anthology is absolutely necessary in which paintings, tempera, watercolors, ceramics, and futurist photographs can be ordered and presented. In a word, all that Tato has produced in his long and passionate career is to illuminate and create, finally, a new and “definitive” light that is the complex personality of the Master.