Miraldo Sponza was born of Istrian parents at Rovigno d’Istria (Pola on 5th Juli 1945.
Very soon, however, he left his birthplace to travel, animated by a desire to know, to
meet people and to undergo new experiences.
After various wanderings he arrived in Sicily where he finally found a climate and an
atmosphere in agreement with his character.
“I found in Sicily – the artist tells us- the proper harmony to express my artistic personality.
Fascinated by the blue sky and white-hot sun of that country, I began a meticulous work
of selftaugt research . Not happy with my first results I enrolled at an art school in Catania
where I had the opportunity of meeting the invaluable maestro Mario Del Vesco, who was
in a manner of speaking, my firts real teacher.”
Later on he established himself in Switzerland where he continued his research into
painting. One can still find many of his canvases in the Canton of San Gallo. Finally he
moved to Turin and thanks to the cultural experience and artistic acquisites which he
brought with him , and thanks also to the fact that he had already acquired a fine
reputation, he was not long in being accepted into artistic circles and in making
many friends. He founded with the painters Salmoria Walter and Tonino Pesce,
Group C, and “The Shell Gallery”, an association of young artists united by
friendship and love of art.
It was here, in these surroundings, that were born some of his most beatiful and
most humane works. The metaphysicalsensorial current with which he is inspired,
is certainly that to which he addresses himself more to explain the sea of feelings
and emotions which boil within him. His view of life, which expresses itself in a
painting rich in colour and images apparently serene is, in depth, a most pessimistic
view, almost as bad as the poet Leopardi would have envisaged .
From the landscape, his attention spills over onto the human figures, therefore to
Man seen in a dual sense, material and spiritual; he makes evident the dualism
Which represents the constant drama of life.
The artist, at the moment, lives in Genova-Italy.

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