9 Things You May Not Know about Lucio Fontana

2. He was born in Argentina and moved between South America and Italy for many years

Lucio Fontana. © Fondazione Lucio Fontana

Lucio Fontana was born in 1899 in Rosario de Santa Fé, Argentina. His father, Luigi Fontana, was an architect and sculptor from Varese, Italy who emigrated to South America in 1891, opening a studio specialized in architectural decorations, while his mother, Lucia, was an Italian-born actress.
In 1905, Luigi Fontana returned to Italy with Lucio, who attended school there until 1914. After fighting in World War I, Lucio Fontana moved to Argentina in 1922. In this period, he made many public sculptures and decorative works.

Lucio Fontana in his studio in via De Amicis, Milan, 1933. © Fondazione Lucio Fontana

In 1927, he came back to Milan and enrolled at the Brera Academy, where he studied under Symbolist sculptor Adolfo Wildt. He lived and worked in Italy until 1940, but moved back to Argentina again when World War II broke out. Here he came into contact with a number of young artists with whom he developed the theories and concepts that coalesced as the Manifiesto Blanco, published in 1946.

The following year, Lucio Fontana moved back to Italy, where he remained until his death in 1968, dividing his time between Milan and Comabbio, near Varese. http://www.fondazioneluciofontana.it/index.php/en/icons-2/biography