MANLIO TRUCCO

Genoa - ITALY, 1884-1974

After travelling extensively in Europe, Africa and South America, while still very young, he moved to Paris where, working in the atelier of Paul Poiret as a draughtsman, he had the opportunity of meeting young artists of the calibre of Amedeo Modigliani, Gino Severini and Max Jacob.
In 1921, he returned to Italy, to Albisola Capo, at the invitation of the owners of the artistic ceramics manufactory "La Casa dell'Arte" ['The House of Art'] and it was here that he was to introduce the decorative motifs of the Art Deco style that he had learnt in Paris.

After just one year, he left "La Casa dell'Arte" and opened his own workshop, "La Fenice" ['The Phoenix'], where he hosted many artists such as Arturo Martini, for whom, between 1926 and 1927, he painted some small sculptures in terracotta of a 20th century stamp and which, in the same year, were put on show, enjoying great success, in the Galleria Pesaro of Milan and then in Venice.
In 1923, Manlio Trucco exhibited some of his creations in the Art Deco style at the Cordelliana of Turin (where he won the gold medal), at the National Exhibition of Craftsmanship and Small Businesses and at the first Biennale of Decorative Arts in Monza.
In 1924, he presented some works at the annual exhibition of the Italian Society of Fine Arts and at the National Exhibition of Modern Ceramics in Pesaro.
In 1925, he was present once more at the Biennale of Monza and took part in the Paris Expo.
In 1926, he won the silver medal at the E.N.A.P.I ['National Exhibition of Craftsmanship and Small Businesses'] exhibition of Florence, and the next year took part in the 3rd Biennale of Monza and in the Trade Fair of Tripoli.
In 1929, he was awarded the gold medal at the International Exhibition of Barcelona.
In 1930, he sold off "La Fenice", a workshop that is still thriving today.
In 1933 he was at the Triennale of Milan, coming away with a gold medal.
In 1936, once again he was present at the Triennale of Milan and in the next year, he exhibited some ceramics a t the Paris Exhibition.
In 1937, he gave himself over almost exclusively to the production of one-off pieces, some of which he presented in 1938 at the E.N.A.P.I. Exhibition in Rome. The "Trucco Manlio Artistic Ceramics" ceased production in 1964 and from that moment, Manlio Trucco concentrated above all on painting.