Salvo was born in 1947 as Salvatore Mangione in Leonforte, Sicily. He moves to Turin in 1956, where he starts carrying out conceptual research, first akin to that of Arte Povera and of artists such as Sol LeWitt, Robert Barry and Joseph Kosuth, with whom he comes into contact. 1973 was the year of his “return to painting”, a language he had practiced in the very first years of his training and that, at the beginning of the 1970s, was to be considered unconventional. Salvo does not conceive painting in contrast to the language of conceptual art, and through a fifty-year career he is able to carry on a personal research, in constant dialogue with the past.
Image above: Archivio Salvo, NERO Editions, eds., Io sono Salvo, 2023. © Archivio Salvo, Turin; NERO Editions, Rome.