Michele Cossyro Valenza was born in Pantelleria in 1944. He was a pupil of Pericle Fazzini at the School of Sculpture of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. In the 60s he worked in high fashion and his jewellery was worn by the models of the Luigi Faraoni show in the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Since 1979 he has been the artistic director of La Salerniana in Erice. He lives and works in Rome. In his initial brief period of training and research, the artist explored a personal approach to abstraction, with vaguely Surrealfantastic references. A constant presence in paintings and sculptures from this period are light and steep planes hanging in the balance, expressing unease and social-ecological themes. Since 2000, his artistic production has been directed mainly on sculpture, with the addition of two-dimensional signs. In the last decade Michele Cossyro has used bronze and ceramics, with wall installations and placements that make Sculpture the accomplice of signs.

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