Cato Catoni

1929 - 2018

Artist biography

Cato Catoni was a creative artist, Cato Catoni, born in 1929, died in 2018. Artists Anthony Crago, Hedrich Blessing, John Byam, Romola Bellandi, and Jacqueline Mesmaeker are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Cato Catoni

Cato Catoni was born in 1929 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1930s growing up. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the period. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a stealthy bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.