By Ioannis Tzortzakakis

The Italian sculptor Aurelio De Felice was born in the medieval village of Torreorsina (Terni) on 29 October 1915.

He was enrolled in the Industrial School of Terni in 1928. It is said that after completing the courses of the school, his father forced him to work in Terni to earn some money and thus help the family; however, after three months in a factory, he run off to Rome against the wishes of his father, who, enraged, threw all his sculptures the window, and thus destroying them.

In Rome, he was enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, where he met the painter and sculptor Pericle Fazzini and the painter Luigi Montanarini, with both of whom he became close friends.

In June 1940, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and in October of that year he was appointed assistant professor in the Academy. In the same year he held his first solo exhibition in Rome.

After a rather long record of exhibitions in Italy, he worked and exhibited his work in Switzerland, France, Germany and lastly in Japan.

Aurelio De Felice died in his house in Torreorsina June 14, 1996, at the age of 80.

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