Italian abstract sculptor and, occasionally, painter. Born in Mazara del Vallo, Sicily. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Palermo, 1938-44. Moved to Rome in 1944. Started in 1946-7 to make abstract metal sculptures, and with the painters Accardi, Turcato and others founded in 1947 the group Forma, with a periodical of the same name which proclaimed the importance of the abstract tendency in art. First one-man exhibition at the Galleria Mola, Rome, 1947. Wrote La Necessità della Scultura in 1952 in reply to Arturo Martini, Italy's greatest pre-war sculptor, who said that sculpture was dead. Since c.1955 has made sculpture in the form of double-sided low-reliefs, with abstract shapes sometimes suggesting the encounter of several figures; these sculptures are usually in metal but sometimes in wood or marble. Awarded a City of Venice prize for an Italian artist at the 1960 Venice Biennale. Lives in Rome.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.129-30