Enzo Cucchi




Enzo Cucchi, born in 1949 in Italy, was an integral player in the creation of the Italian Transavanguardia movement. A movement that came to a head in the 1980s and drew many parallels to the Neo-Expressionist movement which was occurring around the world at the same time. Cucchi is also known for his revival of symbolism and figurative meaning in his drawings and paintings. Often working in larger scale, his paintings may include livestock, flames, eyes, and tools—vaguely resembling cave paintings in their gesture and depictions. Drama or violence also frequent his earth toned works, producing a sense of fervor and action. Often striving to stretch the materiality of his work, Cucchi in his later career, drew directly upon walls, used ceramics and eventually transitioned towards outdoor sculptures.