Antonio Cardile

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Antonio Cardile
Born 1914
Taranto, Italy
Died 1986
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Education Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze
Known for Painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking
Movement Scuola romana

Antonio Cardile (1914–1986) was an Italian painter belonging to the modern movement of the Scuola romana (Roman School of Painting).


Cardile was born in Taranto, but in 1925 moved with his family to Florence. Graduated at the Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze with Felice Carena and the engraver Celestino Celestini, he initially exhibited at the Mostre Sindacali. During the World War II, after a painful war imprisonment, he returned to Rome where he immediately joined the Roman School of Painting. In the last years of his life, he initiate to figurative art's the nephew Joseph Pace.[1][2]

True artist, elusive to the sirens of the worldliness and of the politic, Giovanni Omiccioli describes the artist in this way:[3]

"...another flower that enriches the parlor of our scents, such as Boccioni and Lorenzo Viani, as Ligabue and Carlo Barbieri. Cardile is one of those matadors that annoy all those who wrong the stroke: all things that make angry who loves the quiet of the academies."

Corrado Cagli will tell on him:[4]

"...Cardile may have suffered, thought and expressed, in no way a worldly thoughts, still less in frivolous speculation, if anything, for having extended the romantic vein that has run the graphics of Scipione, the "apocalypse" of Mario Mafai, by the gardens of Omiccioli to the prostitutes of Vespignani, could not be deeply understood, if not by the most experienced Roman public. The stamp pathetic and the documentary value of his work bind Cardile to that line of those illustrious Roman painters"..."

From 1936 Cardile is present with significant one man shows to the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and in the most prestigious Roman galleries, such as "La Tartaruga", and take part in meaningful group expositions with Pirandello, Guttuso, De Chirico, Luigi Capogrossi, Domenico Purificato, Giulio Turcato, Salvatore Greco. Winner of numerous awards, is present in public institutions.

Artist elusive to flattery, until 1986 he continues to work in Rome with intensity and passion always closely followed by his audience.

Painter, sculptor, engraver and drawer, complete artist, Cardile in fifty years played freely sacred and profane themes.

He died at Rome in 1986.


  1. ^ Assembleia Legislativa do Estado de São Paulo, 2010
  2. ^ Intervista a Joseph Pace: una vita raccontata, introduzione di Giampiero del Pozzo, Quattrocchi Lavinio Arte, pagg. 17 and 18, 2012, Anzio, Italia
  3. ^ Omiccioli, Giovanni - Bollettino "La Tartaruga" – Roma, maggio 1955.
  4. ^ Cagli, Corrado - Bollettino "La Tartaruga" – Roma, maggio 1955.


  • 2009 — Equitazione & Ambiente Arte, Antonio Cardile, by Joseph Pace Filtranisme — Rome, Italy
  • 2008 — Joseph Pace: L'irremovibilità della memoria, by Mariastella Margozzi, Centro d'Arte La Bitta, Rome, Italy
  • 2006 — Quattrocchi su Roma, Antonio Cardile, Artiste della Scuola Romana, by Marcello Paris e Joseph Pace Filtranisme — Rome, Italy
  • 1955 — Bollettino La Tartaruga, by Corrado Cagli — Rome, Italy
  • 1955 — Bollettino La Tartaruga, by Giovanni Omiccioli — Rome, Italy
  • 1951 — Antonio Cardile, by Carlo Innamorati, Rome, Italy

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