Angelo Cagnone
Artistic currents

Angelo Cagnone was born in Carcare on March 5, 1941. His father is a doctor in Altare and moved his family there when Angelo Cagnone was still a child. He attended the artistic high school in Genoa, where he graduated in 1959. In these years he made the first canvases while in Albissola he attended the artists Giuseppe Capogrossi, Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana, Asger Jorn, Piero Manzoni and others. In 1961 he moved to Milan where he met Mimmo Rotella, Emilio Scanavino, Roberto Crippa and others. In 1963 he met Carlo Cardazzo who exhibited two of his works in the Galleria del Cavallino in Venice. These two works are purchased by Peggy Guggenheim.  Following the death of Carlo Cardazzo, the Galleria del Cavallino passed under the management of his brother Renato who organized an exhibition in 1965. In the autumn of 1967 he held his first solo exhibition in Milan in the Galleria del Naviglio. From 1970 to 1980 Angelo Cagnone had an exclusive relationship with the Blue Gallery in Milan, the relationship ended with the death of Peppino Palazzoli, owner of the Blue Gallery. Later Angelo Cagnone will no longer have exclusive relations with any gallery, but will collaborate with several galleries. The flood that struck Altare in 1992 destroys the photographic archive, the bibliography documentation and about eighty works from the period between 1956 and 1992. Angelo Cagnone lives and works between Milan and Altare. Angelo Cagnone's painting is not a painting of instinct or even emotional, it is a painting thought, that is, around an idea, a memory, a fact that strikes him, he builds the work by inserting elements, let's call them retorial, which serve the completeness of the painting. Characteristic elements of Angelo Cagnone's work are photos and scriptures. The photo as the starting point to assemble around the work and writing to capture the attention and curiosity of the viewer. Photos are often photos of female faces, sometimes unidentifiable due to a black spot covering the face, while the sentences are deliberately incomplete, and therefore meaningless, that Angelo Cagnone derives from his youthful readings of authors in the English language and therefore already incomprehensible.