Mario Schifano (Homs, Libia, 1934-Rome 1998)

Mario Schifano debuts in the art world while attending the informal school of painting.

The paintings that he exhibited at his first solo exhibition at La Galleria Appia Antica in Rome in 1959 are full of pictorial paint. However, in the following year Schifano attracts the attention of critics: his painting evolves suddenly in a personal style, first with large monochrome, then with the use of symbols that come from advertisement signs such as Coca Cola or Esso.

In 1960, the Gallery of Ascent, the temple of contemporary art in Rome in those years: in which for him are the companions of a great adventure of the School of Piazza del Popolo, Angeli,Lo Savio, Uncini and Festa.

The small puma, as defined by Goffredo Parise, attracts the attention of  collectors and international critics. In 1962 he travelled to The United States, and sees artwork by Franz Kline, pop artist Jim Dine and exhibited his artwork in New York in the Gallery of  Sidney Janis alongside Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Claes Oldenburg.

Andy Warhol considers him to be, on that occasion, "the best pop artist in Europe."

He returned to Italy in 1964 to attend the Venice Biennale that states definitive confirmation of his international success. In the following decades, "screens" are transformed into real monitors similar to those of televisions.