STUDIO

"When I entered Mario’s home-studio, it was like walking into a forest where you had to move between various lianas and various obstacles, including Marco’s toys; Marco, still small, playing in the midst of tins of paint, brushes, sheets and drawings scattered on the ground. Mario’s studio was a laboratory, the very term 'study ' contradicting this chaos. A study refers to application, to silence, to concentration. Mario instead worked with the television on, as did Warhol. He loved to lose focus, flow, come out from the canvas, and from the image that he was creating. The study was more a laboratory and like the title of one exhibition that we did together, it was a 'human laboratory', too human, superhuman."

Achille Bonito Oliva
taken from: "Mario Schifano. A Biography" by Luca Ronchi , Johan & Levi Publisher , 2012

"Around the studio there were hundreds of collages with newspaper clippings, little sketches which he worked on, adding or removing details, moving items into space, finding inspiration from one image and transferring it to another, photocopying each step. The photocopies were in turn retouched with marker or enamel paint, only some details having their colours changed or being overly magnified. These steps, for which there are still entire sequences of photocopies, constitute what happened behind the scenes of many of his famous works."

Monica De Bei Schifano
taken from: "Mario Schifano. A Biography" by Luca Ronchi , Johan & Levi Publisher , 2012


"They were enormous, labyrinthine places, full of stairs and ladders, with wooden floors all stained with enamels that he used for work. I remember the televisions were always on, friends’ visits, Marco’s toys. Then there were many girls coming and going, a colour photocopier always on, vases full of beautiful flowers, and large containers with all the fruit of the world."

Roberto Ortensi
taken from: "Mario Schifano. A Biography" by Luca Ronchi , Johan & Levi Publisher , 2012