Mario Ceroli was born in Castel Frentano (Chieti) on 17 May 1938. He undertook art studies and in 1958 he won the prize for young sculpture at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. At the beginning of his career he showed interest in ceramic sculptures. The artistic turning point came when, in a group exhibition in 1964, he presented works in unfinished wood, first reproducing everyday objects, and then moving on to cutting human figures on wood. Ceroli became an innovator of sculptural language, denying the nature of everything in the round, despite the volumetric strength built on solids and voids. From 1965 onwards, his works no longer have a supporting plane, but move freely in space in a rhythmic repetition of forms.
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