Giovanni Ciusa Romagna

Giovanni Ciusa Romagna

The painter Giovanni Ciusa Romagna had a natural talent: even his birth, in 1907, was marked by art, since the work by his sculptor uncle Francesco, La madre dell’ucciso, was acclaimed in Venice in the same year. Since he was a skilled draftsman, he moved to Florence when he was fourteen and attended the Academy. He returned to Sardinia in 1925 and dedicated himself to the graphical representation of the popular life of the island, where he stood out among his colleagues for his affinity with the artistic movements of the 20th century and his stylistic interest and orientations towards Social Realism. He was actually regularly updated on national artistic innovations thanks to his travels throughout the Peninsula and the attendance of the Bienniale exhibitions. He was an eclectic soul: he was not only a painter, but also a teacher, an expert in applied arts and even a designer specialized in the restoration of Nuoro’s civil and religious buildings that he undertook during the Second World War. His death, which was sudden and early like his talent, took him away too early from the cultural scene that counted on him as an animating and centralizing figure. Many of his works are kept at the Museo MAN of Nuoro, which used the face of his Donna con frutta (1928) as a symbol image of its permanent collection of Sardinian art. This painting and other significant works of his production are exhibited at the Biblioteca della Camera di Commercio of Nuoro, which is the official owner.

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