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(b Città di Castello, Umbria, 12 Mar. 1915; d Nice, 13 Feb. 1995). Italian painter, collagist, and designer. In 1943 he was captured whilst serving as a doctor with the Italian army in north Africa and he began to paint in 1944 as a prisoner of war in Hereford, Texas, using whatever materials were to hand, including sacking. After the war he settled in Rome and abandoned medicine for art. In 1948 his work became abstract, and in 1949 he began incorporating sacking in his pictures as collage elements; often he splashed red paint on the cloth in a way that suggested bloodsoaked bandages (Sacking with Red, 1954, Tate, London).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)