"Figura con spada" by Tano Festa
"Figura con spada" by Tano Festa.
- Dimensions: 55.5 x 75.5cm
- Print run: a.p. - Dry stamp Edizioni Graphis Arte Livorno
Festa exhibited for the first time in 1959 with Franco Angeli, Mario Schifano and Giuseppe Uncini at the gallery La Salita in Rome, which would present his first solo exhibition in 1961. The works of this period had an unusual force, and would be defined by De Chirico as “modernist chaos”.
Later, adhering to informal and gestural art, he painted monochromes and isolated objects of everyday life, especially shutters, mirrors and windows, which had fascinated him since childhood.
In 1963, following the suicide of his brother Rosario, he started painting with unprecedented rage, dipping his fingers directly into the paint. It was in this period that with Schifano he came up with the idea of reversing American Pop Art, by revisiting famous Italian artists of the past, such as Michelangelo and Leonardo, and interpreting their pieces as advertising.
In 1964 he exhibited for the first time at the Venice Biennale. The 1970s marked a difficult period in his life: addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol, he lost his creativity, and lived in poverty and isolation. The 1980s brought him back to the artistic life and saw him painting in a more figurative way.
The mission at the heart of Theodora is to contribute to the wellbeing of children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centers by providing visits from professional performers who have been trained to work in a medical environment.
At the Theodora Children’s Charity, we believe that laughter is the best medicine. Our Giggle Doctors visit children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centers across England. By combining music, play, magic and storytelling these professional performers bring magical moments to brave children in challenging times. We believe that EVERY sick or disabled child should get the giggles that only a Giggle Doctor can bring.
Our Giggle Doctors are professional performers, highly trained to work both in the medical environment and with children with disabilities. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring with them a variety of skills (among our team are actors, entertainers, magicians, musicians and singers). The training consists of a rigorous schedule of artistic and medical workshops, which cover topics such as child development, infection control, child bereavement and the impact of illness and bereavement on families.