Carlo Vitale: an icon for the elite of intellectuals

Carlo Vitale, prolific and lively artist, is one of the protagonists of the Twentieth Century not only for his production, but also as a reference point for the cultural elite of the time.
In Milan, the city where he was born in 1902, opened its first studio in Via Bronzetti, soon destined to become the meeting place for intellectuals and artists including Renzo Bongiovanni Radice, Leonardo Borgese, Piero Gadda Conti, Antonello Gerbi, Mario Sironi, and many others.

The artist's life was shaken by intense and troubled episodes: after moving to Paris in 1939, at the invasion of German troops he took refuge in Bern and in April 1944 he was forced to find asylum, with his wife Irma, in refugee camps in Switzerland, and then returned to Italy in August 1945.
On an artistic level, the Vital is recognized and celebrated by the critics and by the public from the outset; he exhibited at the Venice Biennale, participates in exhibitions of the Society of Permanent and, in view of the post-war period, Carlo Vitale began to develop an intense exhibition activity at a number of private galleries in Italy and abroad, in particular in Argentina and Brazil.
Painter, draughtsman and Etcher, he also participates in institutional exhibitions, especially those dedicated to graphics, dedicating himself to engraving also for large industrial and commercial complexes such as Ansaldo and Michelin.
From 1980 he stayed for long periods in Camogli, a place that inspired many of his paintings, where he moved permanently in 1985 and died there on March 8, 1996.
To learn more about the artist you can consult and buy the dedicated volume of the series published by Galleria Studiolo, “Echi dal Novecento 5, CARLO VITALE”, works 1927 – 1949, catalog of the exhibition curated by V. Maugeri and G. Cribiori.