Domenico Cantatore (Ruvo di Puglia, 1906 - Paris, 1998)
The youngest of eight children, young Cantatore moved to Rome, where he studied Raphael and Titian. From here in 1924 he moved to Milan, where he met the painters of the group “Corrente”. He is the friend of Carlo Carrà and Raffaele Carrieri, from Puglia like him, artists of the twentieth century linked to Margherita Sarfatti.
In 1932 the trip to Paris marks an important step in his growth as he sees the artwork of the Impressionists but also those of Modigliani and Picasso. He returned to Milan in 1934 Cantatore exhibited at the Galleria del Milione drawings and the dividers of the period drawing the attention of critics and writers such as Raffaele Carrieri who writes of him: "Designing for Cantatore is like digging out of a shadows, to what must live. "But it is precisely in Milan that the artist falls into a long period of crisis," abandons " painting to devote himself to writing.
During these years he is linked to Salvatore Quasimodo, who in 1965 called him "a tender human painter", describing his artwork with words full of intensity, "Cantatore’s ink is the colour of blood, fire, ashes that are mixed with tar, or green like branches and twigs on the first cast, or purple as fermenting wine is."
In this description we find the essence of Cantatore’s paintings, an external beauty that never strays from the memory of his land origin, his people, his South and warm colours that characterize it.