Alberto Savinio (1891 - 1952), Italian

Alberto Savinio, real name Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico was born in Athens , Greece on 25.08.1891 in an Italian ex-patriot family, died in Florence, Italy on 05.05.1952. He was an Italian writer, painter, musician, journalist, essayist, playwright, set designer and composer. He was the younger brother of notorious metaphysical painter Giorgio De Chirico. His work often dealt with philosophical and psychological themes, and he also was heavily concerned with the philosophy of art. Throughout his life, Savinio composed five operas and authored at least forty-seven books, including multiple autobiographies and memoirs. Savinio also extensively wrote and produced works for the theater. Savinio’s work received mixed reviews during his lifetime, often due to his pervasive use of surrealism. He was influenced by and a contemporary of Apollinaire, Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Max Jacob, and Fernand Léger.

During the World War One, he and his brother joined the Italian Army. He first served in Ferrara where he became a friend with Carlo Carra. Under influence of Giovanni Papini, they created an influential artistic movement “Schola Methafisica” (Metaphysical School) which became one of the most significant artistic experiences of twentieth-century Italy. In 1917, Alberto Savinio was sent to Greece, more precisely to Thessaloniki, Macedonia where he was serving as interpreter to Italian troops. His experience and work were later published in the book of Francesco Clemente: “Savinio, Alberto; The Departure of the Argonaut.”


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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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