Enrico Cantagalli

1925 - 1995

Artist biography

Enrico Cantagalli was a visual artist, Enrico Cantagalli was born in 1925 and died in 1995. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Jan Bracke, Albrecht Brugger, Merz Mario, Etel Adnan, and Jack Britten.

Further Biographical Context for Enrico Cantagalli

Born in 1925, Enrico Cantagalli was predominantly influenced by the 1930s growing up. Internationally this period can be best characterised by the duelling of the world’s foremost political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government needed urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret strategy to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty priceless paintings by the Old Masters, many of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.