Emilio Isgrò (Sicily, IT, 1937)
Emilio Isgrò is an Italian artist and writer, known for his use of the erasure technique in his art works. He made his literary debut in 1956 with the poetry collection Fiere del Sud (Arturo Schwarz Editore). In 1964 he first began erasing encyclopaedias and other texts, making his personal contribution to the birth and development of Visual Poetry and Conceptual Art. In 1966, during a solo show at the Galleria Traghetto in Venice, he published Dichiarazione 1, defining his conception of poetry as ‘general art of the sign’. In 1977 he took part in the Venice Biennale, returning there in 1978, 1986 and 1993. He was one of a group of artists featured in the exhibition Contemporanea (1973), curated by Achille Bonito Oliva in the underground car park of the Villa Borghese in Rome. From that moment on he was commissioned several public and institutional works in different parts of Italy. In the meantime he also published several prized novels.