Salvo (Salvatore Mangione) was born in Leonforte in the province of Enna on the 22nd May 1947. He spent his childhood in Sicily and in 1956 the family emigrated to Turin where he expressed a precocious interest in art. At the age of sixteen he participated with a Leonardo-style drawing, depicting an old man’s head, at the 121st Exposition of the Promoter of Fine Arts society.
1973 is the decisive year, signalled by a return to painting with the use of traditional techniques that were already explored in some self portraits. Since 1976 he worked on a series of simplistic landscapes, with bright colours, cavaliers among architectural ruins and visions of weary classic columns, seen in various moments of the day, from dawn until dusk. Between 1982 and 1983 he gained notoriety even in Europe, with extensive retrospective exhibitions held in Gand, Lucerne and Lyons. Since then he exhibited regularly in Italy (Milan, Genova and Rome) and abroad (New York, Stuttgart, Monaco and Cologne) where his work is acclaimed as a great success. He died in 2015 on September 11.