Life, style & influence
Tommaso Cascella was born in 1951 in Rome.
He is born into a well-established family: his mother, Annamaria Cesarini Sforza, is a painter; his father, Pietro Cascella, is acclaimed as one of the most influential 20th century sculptors.
Early in life, he can maintain himself independently by opening a printing house where he produces refined books and editions of graphics of prestigious artists.
Moreover he edits “Cervo Volante”, a magazine of art and literature, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and Edoardo Sanguineti.
He contemporarily dedicates himself to painting and sculpture, which he makes public in the 80s.
Tommaso Cascella obtains an overwhelming success.
Taking inspiration from the manifesto of Balla and Depero on “The futurist reconstruction of the universe”, he delves deep into the idea that art should be concrete, should be embodied in daily life.
This concept also assumes a political aspect: the artist, first and foremost, should be a promoter of beauty, and beauty should be pervasive, should be woven into the fabric of daily life.
Tommaso Cascella expresses himself through painting and sculpture.
His paintings are created with acrylic colors mixed with sand, which he spreads on jute canvasses; he often uses collages. The same technique is used for his artworks on thick and sturdy paper.
For his scolptures he favours bronze casting; however he often resorts to metallic installations, achieved putting together single metal pieces.