The Founder of the Neofuturism Movement
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Biography 
 
Daniel SCHINASI, founder of the Neofuturism, was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1933. The Schinasi's are originally a Sephardi family from Livorno, ItalyIn 1952 young Daniel started to take drawing classes at the Silvio Bicchi Academy (Alexandria, Egypt).In 1956 he left Egypt and settled in Livorno, Italy. There, in Tuscany, he studied the Art of Masters of the Renaissance, which greatly influenced his techniques. Later, while living in Paris, Schinasi discovered Impressionists and other artistic movements of the 20th century.

Between 1962 and 1967, on the same wave with Franz Marc (German expressionist), Andreas Feininger (German-American artist), and Jean Metzinger (French cubist), Schinasi developed a personal style by incorporating geometrical shapes into his art.

In 1963 his first works were exhibited at the Gussoni Neofuturist Gallery in Milan. There he met Carlo CarrĂ  (Italian painter, futurist), and Giorgio De Chirico (Greek and Sicilian decent, pre-surrealist, and then surrealist).

In 1969 he held a personal tribute to Umberto Boccioni (Italian painter and sculptor), and Gino Severini (leading Italian futurist) in Duncan Gallery, Paris.

While in Paris, Daniel Schinasi met Sonia Delaunay (famous French-Jewish artist), who had conversations with her about the protagonists of Cubism and Futurism.

In the 70's his friendship with an art critic and historian Vincenzo Marotta led Schinasi to a further research on theories of Neofuturism. At that time "The Manifesto of Neofuturism" was written and widespread later in Milan, Italy.

His collaboration with the famous novelist and critic Guido Lopez (Milan, Italy) helped Daniel Schinasi to work on defending Judaism values in his art.

In 1979 Schinasi's works were displayed in exhibitions at the Technical and Science Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci (Milan, Italy) . That same year he became greatly promoted by well known Italian journalist Sebastiano Grasso ("Corriere della Sera" newspaper).

Two years later Schinasi opened a new exhibition at French Cultural Center in Milan, Italy. At the same time he began working on large murals and panels for railway stations in many Italian cities: Cecina, Pisa, Nice, and Grosseto.

His works could be found in many universities and hospitals. His murals are in Graz state prison (Austria), New Israeli Opera House (Tel Aviv), and Flushing Hippodrome of Saint Rossore (Pisa, Italy).

Since 1955, Daniel Schinasi presented many personal exhibitions and retrospectives in Europe, The United States and Israel. His paintings are in museums, art galleries and private collections in Italy, Switzerland, and France, where he lived a good part of his artistic life.

All this years Schinasi has been an advocate of figurative arts and a great defender of Humanism and Fraternity.

Currently, Daniel Schinasi resides in Nice, France and in Tuscany, Italy. He also goes for short visits to Israel and Spain.

 
 
 

 

 

 

"Daniel Schinasi, the father of the Neofuturism", directed by Raffaella Ricci