Costantino Nivola

Costantino Nivola

Costantino/Antine/Tino Nivola is one of the most famous and versatile Sardinian artists of the twentieth century, with his multiple places of residence (Orani, Milan, New York and Long Island) and forms of art, including graphics, mural painting, sculpture and public art. Born into a family of builders, after completing his studies at ISIA in Monza, and after working as an artistic director for Olivetti in 1939 in Milan, he emigrated to the United States with his friends Salvatore Fancello (Dorgali) and Giovanni Pintori (whose relatives, although he was born in Tresnuraghes, were from Nuoro) to protect his wife Ruth Guggenheim and himself from the fascist police following the enactment of racial laws. His experience in America played a crucial role in his artistic development, which was always marked by a continuous oscillation between the old and the new continent, between memory and progress and by the constant experimentation of new techniques and media. The contact with the most famous exponents of Modernism, in particular his strong relationship with the architect Le Corbusier, and his work on urban and architectural environments played a key role. "Synthesis of the arts" is the expression that perhaps best describes Nivola’s work, whose aesthetic and existential path can be admired at the homonymous Museum of Orani, which not only houses a good number of the artist’s works, but also periodically runs international exhibitions. Nivola designed the square dedicated to the poet Sebastiano Satta in Nuoro in 1967 and decorated the facade of the Church of Sa Itria in Orani in 1958.

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