Giuseppe Migneco

Giuseppe Migneco (1908 – 1997) was an Italian painter of the Novecento Italiano. He often painted genre scenes in naïve and expressionist styles, often of laborers in earthy tones.

He was born in Messina to a train station master and a school teacher. He grew up in Ponteschiavo. At the age of 23, he moved to Milan to enroll in the School of Medicine, but gravitated into the artistic circle of Renato Birolli, Raffaele De Grada, Beniamino Joppolo, and Aligi Sassu. He became an illustrator for the Corriere dei Piccoli. He lost interest in his medical studies, and became a painter.

In 1937, he helps found the anti-fascist Corrente group with the affiliated Corrente di Vita journal, and participates in the group’s joint exhibition. He exhibited at the Galleria La Spiga in Milan in 1942. The following year, he is conscripted into the fascist army. After the war, he exhibited at the Galleria Santa Redegonda in Milan. He repeatedly exhibited at the Quadriennale of Rome in 1948, 1951, 1956, 1959, and last in 1986.

In 1952, his exhibition at the Venice Biennale was introduced by Salvatore Quasimodo. In 1954, he exhibited at the Leicester Galleries in London, and at the Biennale again in 1958. In 1983, Messina organized a large retrospective at the Palazzo Comunale. He died in Milan

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