Emilio Isgrò

Born on 1937 at Barcellona di Pozzo, Sicily, Emilio Isgrò lives and works in Milan. Conceptual artist and painter, but also poet, writer, dramaturge and director, Isgrò is considered one of the most internationally renewed and prestigious names of the Italian art scene. His work can be considered among the most revolutionary and original within the so called Vanguardias of the 60s. The artist is the undisputed author of the “Cancellation (erasure technique)” – the act of striking out the words of a printed book – something he began to explore in the early 1960s; Emilio Isgrò has it his poetic, although erasing is not to be considered as a metaphor in his practice, but as an actual action. He works on texts of real covers, transforming and renewing the meaning, without annihilating or destroying the value of the word or the image. As a pioneer of the “erasure” of texts, encyclopedias, manuscripts, books, maps and even movies, Emilio Isgrò has made his technique the essence of his research. He looks towards a sort of reverse reading and re-­interpretation of the language which, through various manipulations, goes from being verbal to being visual. As the artist says: ”Erasures is not a simple negation, but instead it is the statement of new meanings: it is the transformation of a negative sign into a positive gesture”. The Artist was invited to participate to the Venice Biennal in 1972, 1978, 1986 and 1993. In 1977 he was awarded first place at the Biennial of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Where is Sydney (Emilio Isgrò)

Anno: 2016
Tecnica: Acrilico su mappamondo
Dimensioni: 79 × 51 × 51 cm

Studio per Isparta Turchia (Emilio Isgrò)

Anno: 2010
Tecnica: Tecnica mista su carta
Dimensioni: 52 × 64 cm

Peking (Emilio Isgrò)

Anno: 2007
Tecnica: Acrilico su tela montata su legno 95k
Dimensioni: 40 × 151 cm

Particolare con formiche (Emilio Isgrò)

Anno: 2009
Tecnica: Acrilico su tela montata su legno
Dimensioni: 60 × 80 cm

Lettera F (Emilio Isgrò)

Anno: 1972
Tecnica: Tela emulsionata
Dimensioni: 73 × 56 cm

Le virgole (Emilio Isgrò)

Anno: 1967
Tecnica: Tela emulsionata
Dimensioni: 108 × 74 cm

Della delicata scacchiera (Emilio Isgrò)

Anno: 1972
Tecnica: China su libro tipografico in box di legno e plexiglass
Dimensioni: 40,2 × 60,2 cm

Andra (Emilio Isgrò)

Anno: 2006
Tecnica: Tecnica mista su tavola
Dimensioni: 150 × 35 cm


Emilio Isgrò’s new book
On the occasion of Emilio Isgrò's solo show at Fondazione Cini, Treccani Arte published the most complete monography of …
Happy birthday Emilio!
Our beloved and multi-talented artist Emilio Isgró turns 82 today! We gather around him on this very special day to wish…
TALK: A partire da una sentenza
M77 Gallery is happy to invite you to a talk focused on the circulation of works of art entitled: "Starting from a sente…
M77 at Wopart, Lugano
Opening today Wopart, the international art fair dedicated to works on paper. We will be exhibiting a selection of works…

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