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(b Bagheria, nr. Palermo, 2 Jan. 1912; d Rome, 18 Jan. 1987). Italian painter. He was a forceful personality and Italy's leading 20th-century exponent of Social Realism; he never subordinated artistic quality to political propaganda, but his art was often the direct expression of his hatred of injustice and of the abuse of power. In 1931 he abandoned legal studies for painting, in which he was mainly self-taught.

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