27 February 1901 – 6 August 1980
Location: Born In: Pistoia, Italy. Died In: Viareggio, Italy
Marino Marini was a famed Italian artist who became known and celebrated through his modern equine statues and paintings. He went to the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, “Academy Of Fine Arts Of Florence” in 1917. Although he would always create paintings, his priority was equestrian sculptures and busts of modern-style faces and forms. His first international recognition as an artist came in the form of the Prize of the Quadriennale of Rome, an Italian Art Exhibit in Rome. After that, he had several of his works exhibited in many prominent galleries of that time and was included in a group exhibit of Italian art at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was influenced by the works of Arturo Martini and Etruscan art.
His horses and riders evolved over time, first taking on a more “formal” figures in 1936. By 1940, you can see that his art took on more of an abstract form. After World War II, his horses were standing with their rider’s arms outstretched.
Marini died on August 6, 1980 in Viareggio, Italy. Eight years after his death, the Marino Marini Museum dedicated to his art opened in Florence.
There are several books of his art available on Amazon.