Emilio Isgrò

Born on 1937 at Barcellona di Pozzo, Sicily, Emilio Isgrò lives and works in Milan. Conceptual artist and painter-­ but also poet, writer, dramaturge and director-­ Emilio Isgrò is considered one of the most internationally renowned and prestigious names of the Italian art scene of the XX and XXI century, together with Piero Manzoni and Lucio Fontana. Isgrò work can be considered among the most revolutionary and original within the so called Vanguardias of the year 60s. The Artist is the undisputed author of the ‘Cancellation (erasure technique)’ – the act of striking out the words of a printed book – something he began to explore in the early 1960s; Emilio Isgrò has made the ‘cancellation’ his poetic, although erasing is not to be considered as a metaphor in his practice, but as a actual action. He works on texts of real ‘covers’, transforming and renewing the meaning, without annihilating or destroying the value of the word or the image. As a pioneer of the ‘erasure’ of texts, encyclopedias, manuscripts, books, maps and even movie films, Emilio Isgrò has made his technique the essence of his research. He looks towards a sort of reverse reading and re-­interpretation of the language which, through various manipulations, goes from being verbal to being visual. As the Artist himself says: ”Erasures is not a simple negation, but instead it is the statement of new meanings: it is the transformation of a negative sign into a positive gesture”.  

Emilio Isgrò


At M77:

Date: 06/10/2016

- 03/12/2016

At M77:

Curated by: Claire Gilman

Date: 18/11/2023

- 16/03/2024


Where is Madrid?

Year: 2023
Technique: acrylic on globe in wooden and plexiglass box
Dimensions: 32 × 26 × 26 cm

Where is Bilbao?

Year: 2023
Technique: acrylic on globe in wooden and plexiglass box
Dimensions: 36 × 26 × 26 cm

Ulysses according to Joyce

Year: 2023
Technique: mixed media on paper and golden erasure
Dimensions: 50 × 76 cm


Year: 2023
Technique: mixed media on canvas mounted on wood
Dimensions: 118 × 81 cm


Year: 2023
Technique: mixed technique on canvas mounted on wood panel
Dimensions: 118 × 81 cm


Year: 2023
Technique: mixed technique on canvas mounted on wood
Dimensions: 118 × 81 cm


Year: 2011
Technique: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 58 × 49,5 cm

Pentateuco delle ombre

Year: 2006
Technique: acrylic on wood board
Dimensions: 46 × 58,5 cm

Lettera F

Year: 1972
Technique: emulsified canvas
Dimensions: 73 × 56 cm

Errore in Turchia

Year: 2010
Technique: acrylic on canvas mounted on wood board
Dimensions: 55 × 110 cm

Mezza Figura

Year: 1995
Technique: acrylic on canvas mounted on board
Dimensions: 24 × 37 × 2 cm


Emilio Isgrò, a cura di Germano Celant, Treccani
Emilio Isgrò
Treccani (2019)
Isgrò, 2016 Palazzo Reale, Milano
Emilio Isgrò
Mondadori Electa (2017)
Modello Italia, 2013 GNAM, Roma
Emilio Isgrò. Modello Italia 2013-1964
Mondadori Electa (2013)
Emilio Isgrò, Dichiaro di essere Emilio Isgrò, 2008, Centro Luigi Pecci Prato
Dichiaro di essere Emilio Isgrò.
Centro Culturale per l'Arte Luigi Pecci (2008)
Emilio Isgrò, 2001 Cantieri della Zisa, Palermo
Emilio Isgrò
Cantieri della Zisa, Palermo (2001)


Emilio Isgrò’s new book
On the occasion of Emilio Isgrò's solo show at Fondazione Cini, Treccani Arte published the most complete monography of …
Happy birthday Emilio!
Our beloved and multi-talented artist Emilio Isgró turns 82 today! We gather around him on this very special day to wish…
TALK: A partire da una sentenza
M77 Gallery is happy to invite you to a talk focused on the circulation of works of art entitled: "Starting from a sente…
M77 at Wopart, Lugano
Opening today Wopart, the international art fair dedicated to works on paper. We will be exhibiting a selection of works…
Emilio Isgrò at ArtBasel
Sanlorenzo partner of Art Basel in Basel 2018 confirms its special bond with the art world presenting at the prestigious…
Isgrò – Palazzo Reale
Milan celebrates Emilio Isgrò with a large-scale retrospective of his work. As a conceptual artist and painter, but also…