Rome, end of the 1950s, when the Italian art scene is in great turmoil. One of the protagonists of the debate on the renewal of the arts is the painter Francesco Lo Savio, one of the most problematic personalities of the Italian post-informal avant-garde.
Lo Savio is a participant in the (not only Italian but international) revolution of a generation of young artists who want to break away from the previous Informal culture and move towards a new mechanism of artwork construction, centred on the qualities inherent to painting itself.
There was a lack of a more detailed and organic view of his work in the critical literature. Angelo Di Modica's complex work constitutes a significant contribution to fully reconstructing the difficult and significant artistic and human history of Francesco Lo Savio. It investigates the artist's entire career in all its fundamental passages and returns an image of him that is as defined as possible. It measures the reasons and circumstances of his art, shedding new light on moments of his research that have not yet been sufficiently investigated and at the same time rediscovering themes and personalities that have made up the story of the last century.
Angelo Di Modica holds a PhD in Methods and Methodologies of Archaeological and Art-Historical Research (2022) and he is a research fellow at the Department of Cultural Heritage Sciences, University of Salerno. An art historian, he has published essays and contributions on Italian artistic experiences of the 20th century with a focus on the Roman scene between the late 1950s and early 1960s.