Mario Sironi

Born: 1885 – Sassasri, Sardinia and died in 1961. Before pursuing art, Sironi studied engineering. After a nervous breakdown he left his school and went on to learn painting at Scuola Libera del Nudo at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma. At this time he met Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini and Umberto Boccioni, artists which he shared a similar style and progression, first painitng in Neo-Impressionist style and then moving on to Futurist style by 1913. By 1920 many of his works depicted monumental, archaic figures of families in bare, mountainous landscapes, are “marked by a sense of humanity burdened with history … [and] an almost Romanesque spirit of a solemn expressionism”.