pseudonym of Salvatore Mangione (Leonforte, May 22, 1947 – Turin, September 12, 2015) spent his childhood in Sicily, he moved in 1956 to Turin where he lives and works. In 1963 he participated with a drawing taken by Leonardo in the 121st Exhibition of the Promoter of Fine Arts Society.
In Turin he frequented the environment of the artists of the poor art, met Boetti with whom he became friends and critics such as Renato Barilli, Germano Celant and Achille Bonito Oliva. In 1969 he came into contact with American conceptual artists such as Joseph Kosuth, Sol Lewitt and Robert Barry.
In 1970 he presented a series of photomontage self-portraits at the Sperone Gallery in Turin.
In addition to the photographic works in these years, until 1972, the artist engraves words or phrases on marble tombstones, such as the work “Salvo è vivo” or the tombstone with the 40 names from Aristotle to Salvo himself. In 1971 he created “Tricolore”, a surface where the name Salvo is written in the three colors and with neon letters and he created novels in which the name of the protagonist replaces his own.
Since 1971 he has exhibited his works in Cologne, Paris, Amsterdam and later in New York. Since 1973 the artist has returned to traditional painting with d'après, already begun in the 1970s with “Self-portrait as Raphael”, and since 1976 he has been working on landscapes. Participates in the Venice Biennale of the same year.
He has presented his works in private galleries and museums in Turin, Bologna, Trento, Venice, Essen, Mannheim, Lucerne, Lyon, Nimes, Paris, Cologne, New York, Rotterdam, Munich, Stuttgart and Berlin.