Salvatore Fancello

Salvatore Fancello

The disproportion between Salvatore Fancello’s original artistic talent and the brevity of his existence is a first indicator of his exceptional nature. Before the tragic and premature death at the Albanian front during the Second World War, when Fancello studied at the ISIA in Monza (1930-1936), he stood out for his unique aesthetic skills in ceramics and illustration. As a child, he had already proven to be gifted for illustration (he particularly loved to draw animals). His sculptures and graphic works expressed his fantastic and enchanted view, which stood for its irony and demonstrativeness in the first half of the 20th century. His premature death deeply affected the world of art and his native village. His corpse, which was stolen from the cold anonymity of the military cemetery and returned to Dorgali thanks to the requests of his beloved sister Luisa, was buried on April 3rd, 1962: the entire community affectionately and emotionally participated in the ceremony. Today, the village’s Museo Civico bears his name and keeps the masterpiece of the Disegno ininterrotto, a long scroll of teletype paper stained with ink and watercolor that Fancello created in 1938 as a wedding gift for his friends Costantino Nivola and Ruth Guggenheim.

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