Mario Mafai

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Mario Mafai
Born (1902-02-12)12 February 1902
Rome, Italy
Died 31 March 1965(1965-03-31) (aged 63)
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Field Painting
Movement Scuola romana
Works

Demolizioni di Via Giulia (Demolitions in Via Giulia), 1928
Paesaggio romano (Roman landscape), 1929
Demolizioni dell'Augusteo, 1936

Gli scaricatori di carbone (The colliers), 1950
Patrons

Alberto Della Ragione

Roberto Longhi

Mario Mafai (12 February 1902 – 31 March 1965) was an Italian painter. With his wife Antonietta Raphaël he founded the modern art movement called the Scuola Romana, or Roman school.

Biography[edit]

Mafai left school very early, preferring to attend, with Scipione, the Scuola Libera del Nudo, or free school of the nude, of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma. His influences in those years were Roman galleries and museums, and the Fine Arts Library at Palazzo Venezia.

He met painter and sculptor Antonietta Raphaël in 1925, and they married. In 1927 Mafai exhibited for the first time, with a show of studies and maquettes organised by the Associazione Artistica Nazionale in Via Margutta. In 1928 he had a second exhibition, at the XCIV Mostra degli Amatori e Cultori di Belle Arti, as well as a collective with Scipione and other painters, at the Young Painters Convention of Palazzo Doria in 1929.

In November 1927, Mafai and Raphaël moved to 325 via Cavour in Rome, and made a studio there. Within a short time, it became a meeting point for writers such as Enrico Falqui, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Libero de Libero and Leonardo Sinisgalli, as well as the young artists Scipione and Renato Marino Mazzacurati.

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Bibliography[edit]

  • F. N. Arnoldi, Storia dell'Arte, vol. III, Milan 1989
  • I Mafai - Vite parallele, catalogue edited by M. Fagiolo, with biography by di F. R. Morelli
  • Enzo Siciliano, Il risveglio della bionda sirena. Raphaël e Mafai. Storia di un amore coniugale, Mondadori, Milan 2005
  • Fabrizio D'Amico, Marco Goldin, Casa Mafai : da via Cavour a Parigi : 1925-193, Linea d'ombra, 2004
  • Mario Mafai, 1902-1965: una calma febbre di colori, Skira, 2004
  • Io non sono un altro - l'arte di Mario Mafai (I Am Not the Other - The Art of Mario Mafai), DVD, Studio Angeletti & Scuola Romana Archive, 2005, directed by Giorgio Cappozzo

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