Mario Tozzi

Mario Tozzi is an Italian painter (Fossombrone, 1895- Saint-Jean-du-Gard, 1979)

He spent his childhood in Suna di Verbania, on Lake Maggiore, where he discontinued his chemistry studies to start taking courses at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna.

Immediately after World War I, he moved to Paris at 44 Rue de Rennes, with his French wife, Marie Therèse Lemaire.

Here in Paris, he participated regularly and successfully in the Salons des Independents des Tuileries and the Salon d’Automne.

Mario Tozzi organized the famed group of Italians in Paris, and he organized the Italian art exhibitions at the Bonaparte Gallery and the Galerie Georges Bernheim.

At the Venice Biennales of 1926 and 1928, he presented the Ecole de Paris and the “des appels de l’Italie” room, which stirred much excitement.

His art features closed lines, a statue-like sculptural quality, and well-defined planes, in clear contrast with the painting dominant at the time, putting him at the forefront of a revival of Mediterranean art.

He founded the Groupe des Sept (Group of Seven) with Massimo Campigli, Giorgio de Chirico, Filippo de Pisis, René Paresce, Alberto Savinio, and Gino Severini.

His accomplishments include:

1935 Legion of Honor for artistic merit

Gold Medal at the Italian Art Exhibition in Budapest and in Paris.

First prize for painting from the Academy of Italy in 1943