Salvatore Fiume (Comiso, IT, 1915 – Milan, IT, 2011)
Salvatore Fiume was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, writer and set designer. In 1936, after finishing his studies, he went to Milan where he met artists and intellectuals including Dino Buzzati and Salvatore Quasimodo. He began his career as an art director of several magazines. Although he intended to establish himself as a painter, Fiume achieved his first success with a literary work with his autobiographical novel Viva Gioconda!, published in 1943. His painting style is connected to numerous influences: from the Italian Renaissance to Spanish folklore, to the metaphysical painting of de Chirico, Savinio and Carrà. In 1950 Alberto Savinio, brother of Giorgio de Chirico, encouraged his participation in the Venice Biennale. It follows a moment of great success and important public and private commissions.