Fausto Pirandello


Fausto Pirandello was an Italian painter. Because he spent his holidays between Rome and Sicily, the landscapes there would be have a prominent presence in his paintings. He studied Classics until he was called to arms in 1917 by the Ragazzi del '99. He was not sent to the front because of his health condition however. After the war, Pirandello decided to dedicate himself to sculpture rather than return to his studies, but because of his health problems again, he was forced to paint instead. He therefore had to leave sculpture and devote himself entirely to painting. He enrolled himself at the School of Art at the Sallustiani Gardens in 1922. Pirandello would meet the painters Emanuele Cavalli, Onofrio Martinelli, and Giuseppe Capogrossi. Felice Carena would also introduce Pirandello into Anticoli Corrado, a village in the Alta Valle dell’Aniene, which was very popular among the artists of the time where the picturesque landscapes were inspirational. The artist would have his first studio for painting here in 1924. Pirandello made his first public appearance at the III edition of the Biennale Romana in 1925. When he is in Paris he would attend the group of the Italiens de Paris, including Giorgio De Chirico and Filippo De Pisis. He would also study the works of Cézanne, Picasso, Braque, and the painters from l’École de Paris. His first exhibition in Paris involved Emanuele Cavalli and Francesco Di Cocco in the house of Countess Castellazzy-Bovy, and he would later have his first solo exhibition in Viena in 1929. He returned to Rome in 1930. During this time, he exhibited at the Rome gallery, the Lazio Trade Union, and the Roman Quadrennial. He would still remain close to the Roman School, where he would be associated to the group of the ‘tonalists’ like Giuseppe Capogrossi, Emanuele Cavalli, and Roberto Melli. During the post-war period, the exhibition activity intensified with regular participation in the Roman Quadrennials, the Venice Biennials, and in private galleries. During the 1950s he not only took part in numerous exhibition in Italy, but abroad as well. One of which would include an anthology in Palazzo Barberini in Rome in 1951. Pirandello would have his first solo exhibition in the United States at the Catherine Viviano Gallery in New York. He received multiple awards such as the First Prize at the VI edition of the National Quadrennial d’Art of Rome in 1951, the Gualinon Award in the context of the XXVI Venice Biennale of 1952 (which will later dedicate a whole room to him in 1956), the Marzotto Prize in 1953, the Fiorino Prize in 1957, the Michetti Prize in 1964, and the Villa Award in 1967. The originality of his painting is oriented toward a realism of quotidian life that manifests itself in even the most merciless and unpleasant aspects. This would express itself by a dense and rough pictorial material. His intellectual vision translated the naturalistic data through a magical realism of archaic and metaphysical intent. Fausto Pirandello passed away in Rome on November 30, 1975.