Mario Moretti Foggia (1882 – 1954)
Mario Moretti Foggia was born on Christmas Day 1882 in Mantua, Italy. He commenced his art training at the Cignaroli Academy in Verona (one of the oldest art schools in the world), and then continued studying at the renowned Brera Academy in Milan.
Foggia made his artistic debut in Milan in 1902. He specialised in portraits and landscapes which very often included figures, using oil paints, tempera and watercolour. Later in his career he travelled extensively throughout Eygpt, Lebanon and Syria becoming well known for his Orientalist paintings.
Mario Moretti Foggia exhibited widely throughout his career, winning three gold medals in various group exhibitions displaying his work between 1902-1925. During the 1920’s he exhibited regularly in Venice including four times at the Venice Biennale during that period. Throughout his long career he participated in national and international group shows including those in London, Paris and Brussels, and between 1910-1954 had ten one-man exhibitions with great critical and popular success.
Mario Moretti Foggia’s paintings can be found in the permanent collection of the Palazzo Quirinale in Rome and in museums in Italy, Switzerland, USA and South America.
Mario Moretti Foggia died in 1954.