Mario Delitala

Mario Delitala

The career of the painter Mario Delitala from Orani is undoubtedly the longest among the Sardinian painters of the twentieth century, not only because the artist lived until the age of 103, but also because he never, even in the final phase of his life, stopped his intense painting, graphic and decorative activity – which he started as a self-taught in his early youth and changed on the basis of the several aesthetic evolutions of the twentieth century. After his artistic studies in Venice after the Great War, the artist became one of the first narrators who finally celebrated Sardinian customs and traditions, history and ethical and moral values, but also a fine portraitist and an outstanding xylographer, who founded a real "school" of Sardinian carving that later turned into an institution and a tradition. Although his works are exhibited in important public and private collections, and its wall paintings embellish the civil and religious buildings of the island and the rest of Italy, his most representative work is still, perhaps, the cycle of the decorations that he designed for the Hall Council of the Municipality of Nuoro in the mid-twenties, made of four allegorical lunettes and the large oil on canvas depicting La cacciata dell’arrendadore, that perfectly symbolized Sardinians who finally redeemed themselves and their own identity.

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