Carmelo Cappello (1912-1996) was an Italian sculptor.
Carmelo Cappello was born in Ragusa in 1912. After his first studies at the Art Institute of Comiso, he moved to Rome in 1929 where he lived for a year working in Ettore Collas studio.
In 1930 he moved to Milan where he attended evening courses at the Higher School of Applied Art in Industry of the Castello Sforzesco. Thanks to a scholarship, he can follow Marino Marinis courses at the ISIA in Monza.
In 1937 he made his debut as a sculptor and during the following year he held his first solo show at the Galleria Bragaglia in Rome where he exhibited Il Freddoloso, a work that will also be present in his first solo show in Milan at the Galleria Gianferrari in 1939. In both solo exhibitions the critical text is by Raffaello Giolli, whose first monograph was published by Edizioni Domus in 1944. Also, in 1939 he was invited to the III Quadriennale in Rome and to the second Documenta of Kassel.
Carmelo Cappello became the greatest interpreter of spatialism in the field of sculpture. In 1977, the artist took part in the adventure of Coopertarte, a cooperative of artists who sought to explore new forms of relationship and dialogue with the public (Alviani, Nangeroni, Nigro, Perilli, Rotella, Turcato, etc. .). After a first figurative period, Carmelo Cappelo will be attracted by the sculpture of Henry Moore, then by the Russian constructivism of Tatlin, to finally focus on the space suggested to him by sculptors like Brancusi, Pevsner or Gabo. Cappellos work is exhibited in worldwide renown places such as museums and squares.
Over his lifetime he was invited to and participated in numerous Venice Biennales, the Milan Triennale and the Quadriennale of Rome. His work was incorporated into the Exhibition of Italian Art in the Museums of Modern Art in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1959 he was invited to Documenta II in Kassel, Germany. He passed away in Milan in December of 1996.
Cappellos work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from $33 USD to $42,606 USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. Since 1998 the record price for this artist at auction is $42,606 USD for Luomo nello spazio, sold at Il Ponte Auction House, Via Pontaccio in 2018.