Carol Rama

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Olga Carol Rama (b. 17 April 1918 in Turin, Italy) is a self-taught artist whose unconventional painting encompasses an erotic, and often sexually aggressive universe populated by characters who present themes of sexual identity with specific references to female sensuality. The Fondazione Sandretto carries over 150 pieces of Rama's work. Her works were relatively little known until curator Lea Virgine included several pieces in a 1980 exhibition, prompting Rama to revisit her earlier watercolour style.

As a young unmarried woman in a fascist Italy, at 21 years of age, Carol Rama was already creating images that were challenging state censorship.

"I didn't think I had the qualities, qualità, for becoming an artist," Carol Rama told SAST Report in an interview, and continues with describing the view she had of the art scene: "beautiful women, primedonne, beautiful people who speak several different languages, sitting and being charming."

Solo exhibitions

1945 Galleria Faber, Turin

1946, 1947 Galleria Il Bosco, Turin

1955 Libreria Il Salto, Milano, (presentation by Albino Galvano)

1957 Galleria La Bussola, Turin, (presentation by Galvano)

1959 Galleria La Bussola, Turin, (presentation by Luigi Carluccio)

1960 Galleria La Bussola, Turin, (presentation by Galvano)

1964 Galleria Stampatori, Turin, (presentation by Galvano and Edoardo Sanguineti); Galleria La Carabaga, Sampierdarena (presentation by Sanguineti)

1965 Museo Civico, Pistoia,...
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