Antonio Papasso was born in Florence on 11 July 1932.
interest in art developed slowly in the tradition of the works of the great painters.
studied closely the works in the museums of the Uffizi and the Pitti, which he
It was only in 1970 that he
began to devote himself to art: restless and dissatisfied, he
decided to move to a farmhouse in the Pisan countryside.
In this hermitage, sometimes in bitter solitude, he
faced the challenge of learning more.
was frequently in the company of Luigi Ferrarino, former cultural attachè at the Embassies in Paris and Madrid for over thirty years.
was often in the library of the Scuola Normale in Pisa, trying to get to grips with philosophical and anthropological problems; he
discovered the literary review "Il Verri" and made contact with the '63 group (Sanguineti, Giuliani and others).
began to experiment with forms and colours with a freedom that came from having made some of Picasso's maxims his
own, such as: "I have never seen colours in conflict with each other".
applied this principle to figurative images that he
created in engravings and prints, with their strident and contrasting colours: they were small works, some of them lost, which Papasso
kept in a drawer because they were rejected by friends and critics, but which he
believed in: he
realised that those colours that seemed so hostile, subsided with time, transformed into new harmonies.
did not abandon this experience.
returned to it later with the pseudonym of Antigone, applying it to engravings and prints, with which he
created landscapes and lake scenes with animals.
spent more and more time with his
Two exhibitions in Hamburg and Budapest were followed by another in 1989 at the Charlton gallery in Rome, again presented by Gillo Dorfles.
This work was never published and only some studies of it were printed, one of which was later acquired by the BNF together with the collection of engravings FORMA NATURÆ (ARCHETIPI & C.) and five other works signed Antigone: the pseudonym which Papasso
used for his
coloured etchings of the joys of country life, whose "transcendental" style mixed the traditional and the surreal.
In October 2004, Tommaso Lisa's research in the Italian Department of Florence University on Edoardo Sanguineti's collaboration with some important Italian artists led to the presentation of the documents of his collaboration with Papasso.
In January 2006 Papasso
was invited to exhibit his works at the Museo di Arte Contemporanea of Rome's "La Sapienza" University, where a one-man show was set up curated by Cinzia Di Bari, accompanied by the monograph "Il tutto e il niente" (All and Nothing).
In December 2006 a short film on Papasso
by Fernando Pessolano and Emilio Casalini entitled QUESTA CARTA MIA (This paper of mine) was presented at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome.
was a guest on the website of the Saatchi Gallery
in London in the section Saatchi On-line devoted to senior artists from all over the world.
took part in the first online competition SHOWDOWN organised by the gallery, consisting in twelve rounds lasting one week each (with an average of 3000 people taking part in each round) as both Papasso and Antigone, both of whom were chosen by the public and included several times in the 50 FAVOURITE works published at the end of each round.
In the ten rounds Papasso was chosen 9 times and Antigone 7 times.
Recently the TV channel CONTO TV chose a work by Papasso
for a special collector's edition of 10,000 top-up cards out of an overall number of 100,000 pieces.
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