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SCULPTURES>NIVOLA>THE LIFE
 

THE BEGINNINGS
Costantino Nivola was born in 1911 in Orani, a Sardinian village in the province of Nuoro.

His father was a bricklayer, and Costantino learnt the first rudiments of that trade from him.
He came under the influence of Mario Delitala, who was one of the most important figures in Sardinian art during the 20th century .

Costantino Nivola worked with Mario Delitala on the decoration of the Aula Magna in the University of Sassari.
Nivola's vocation for art shortly became predominant. In 1931, he attended the Istituto Superiore di Industrie Artistiche in Monza, with a scholarship.
A few years later, he became the director of Olivetti's Graphic Design Office.

AMERICA
In 1938, Nivola married Ruth Guggenheim and was forced to leave Italy, because of the anti-Semite persecutions.

He first escaped to France, then, like many other European intellectuals and artists, went to New York.

The beginnings in New York were very hard for Nivola, until 1941, when he was appointed Art Director for the "Interiors" magazine, where he remained until 1945.

In New York, as in East Hampton where he soon moved to, Nivola found a stimulating cultural environment.

He made friends with many avant-garde artists, especially with the famous architect Le Corbusier, with whom he often shared ideas and most of his stylistic choices.

As the years went by, Nivola's fame progressively increased.
He dedicated himself especially to architectural decorative plastics, receiving more and more important assignments in this field. His inquisitive genius led to many technical experiments, such as sand-casting (1948-1949), cement casting over moulded sand.

 

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