Who: Franco Angeli, Tano Festa, Mario Schifano but also Giosetta Fioroni.

When: The 1960s, the time of Italy’s economic boom.

Where: Their realm was the Tridente, the area in Rome between Piazza di Spagna, Via Margutta, and Piazza del Popolo.

This is where they created their microcosm in harmony with the artisans, framers, and dyers who worked there.

The Roman bourgeoisie and the Christian Democratic political Party ignored them. The only ones who noticed them were a few eccentric aristocrats and freethinkers. 

These included two art critics: Emilio Villa and Cesare Vivaldi.

Needless to say, it took critics as open-minded as they were to grasp their radical shift away from Informalist painting.

Franco Angeli, Tano Festa, Mario Schifano. Three restless, visionary painters who were burning with the same fever for life; with the same obsession to make an Italy in profound transition into a pictorial expression; seizing upon the reflections of the thrilling ‘boom’ that exploded in the heart of its peasant civilization and its bloody, grandiose history. 

These three painters turned the Italian art scene of that decade on its head.

They wanted to change the world. The tools they wielded to do so? Culture and art.

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