Corrado Cagli ( Ancona, 1910– Rome, 1976) was an Italian painter of Jewish heritage, who lived in the United States during World War II.
Cagli was born in
Ancona but he moved with his family to Rome in 1915 at the age of five.
In 1927, he made his artistic debut, with a mural painted on a building in Via Sistina. The following year, he made another mural painting in a hall in Via Vantaggio.
In 1932, he held his first personal exhibition at the Gallery of Art of Rome.
Together with other artists such as
Giuseppe Capogrossi and Emanuele Cavalli, he formed the group "New Roman School of Painting," better known as . Scuola Romana
In 1937 and 1938, he exhibited works at the "Comet" gallery in
New York City.
In 1938, when
Benito Mussolini stepped up the persecution of Jews, Cagli fled to Paris and later went to New York where he became a U.S. citizen.
He enlisted in the
U.S. Army and was involved in the 1944 Normandy landings, and fought in Belgium and Germany.
He was with the forces that liberated the
Buchenwald concentration camp, and made a series of dramatic drawings on that subject.
In 1948, Cagli returned to Rome to take up permanent residence there. From that time forward, he experimented in various abstract and non-figurative techniques (neo-
metaphysical, neo- cubist, informal).
He was awarded the
Guggenheim prize (1946) and the Marzotto prize (1954).
Cagli died at Rome in 1976.
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