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Enzo Cucchi Biography

Italian-born Enzo Cucchi’s first artistic love was poetry, a passion which has continued throughout his life. However, painting took hold of him as his dominate creative form when he moved to Rome in the mid 1970s. He had already committed works to canvas but it was on meeting his contemporaries in the Italian capital – Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Mimmo Paladino and Nicola de Maria – that his artwork really took off. This group became known as the originators of the Transavanguardia style, works in the Neo-Expressionist form. Cucchi’s vision was expressed often through the subject of nature, including many landscape portraits, and also through the lens of history and the myths and legends of the Ancona region where he grew up. He never let go of his love of poetry and has also occasionally written poems to complement his paintings. One of his most well-regarded works is ‘Musica Ebbra’, which he produced in 1982. His creative outpourings have been exhibited in many world-renowned galleries, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago. As well as being admired across the globe for his painting and poetry, Cucchi has also created many notable sculptures. These have been exhibited in many different countries, including Denmark, Canada and Switzerland.

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