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Salvatore Cuschera
Schiacciato da Donatello
treated iron
cm 99,5x69,5x60
2005

Salvatore Cuschera

Salvatore Cuschera was born in Scarlino, GR in 1958. At a very young age he moved to Sicily, where at the age of thirteen he begins to work as a blacksmith cultivating, at the same time, his passion for painting and sculpture developed. In these years he takes part in many group exhibitions and earns many awards.
Later on, at the age of 25, he takes the decision to devote himself completely to sculpture and completes his artistical training at the Museum of Castellanza. He then leaves Sicily to study in Milan. Here he attends an evening art school, and after that, the Accademia di Brera, getting the degree of sculpture.
He works together with the sculptor Paolo Gallerani for the installation of several shows at the Triennale in Milan and at the Biennale of Venice. He travels to Greece, visits Crete and its museums, studying Minoan-Mycenaean art and sculpture. Subsequently, he travels to the Netherlands and Germany, where he gets to know the works of the artists of the Bauhaus.
After a while he went he back to Italy, and made his first painted-iron sculptures, which are a synthesis of his interest for painting, sculpture and architecture. He ends his studies at the Accademia, he seeks around for comparisons and inspiration, visiting established artists' studios. He shows some sketches of his sculptures to Consagra, who, very interested in his work, allows him to make a big public sculpture for the city of Gibellina. In Gibellina he takes part in the 1st Atelier of the Mediterranean, with Markus Lüpertz, managed by Achille Bonito Oliva and for this happening he creates a wall-sculpture for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Gibellina, chosen by Lüpertz among the sketches prepared for the Atelier.
In his last trip, together with his friend Luigi Sansone, they go to the United States to visit Salvatore Scarpitta, whom he met in Arona, working at the setting of his show. On this occasion Scarpitta buys two of his sculptures and invites him to Pensylvania. Salvatore Cuschera was invited to the 54th Biennale of Venice in 2011.

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