Happy Birthday Enzo Cucchi! The Italian painter and sculptor was born on this day in 1950 in Morro d’Alba, near Ancona. Cucchi is known for his large-scale figurative works typically painted with brilliant colors in bold strokes. Exhibitions include a solo show at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1986), Prima neve (2004), and Second Day at his gallery in Milan.

Reference: Monica Bohm-Duchen. “Cucchi, Enzo.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. .

Occhi-lacrimosi, 2007, oil on canvas. Milan: Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi, & Co.

Palla-Santa, 1980, charcoal and fixative on paper. New York: Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary European Drawings Fund, 71.1981, © 2013 Enzo Cucchi.

The Days Must Be Laid on the Ground, 1983, oil on canvas in two parts and painted metal. New York: Museum of Modern Art, Anne and Sid Bass Fund, 264.1984.a-c, © 2013 Enzo Cucchi.

Fontana d’Italia, 1993, bronze, granite, marble. Art Gallery of York University.

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