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Renzo Biasion (Treviso, 30 May 1914 - Florence, 7 February 1996) was an Italian painter, engraver, art critic and writer.
Born in Treviso in 1914, he moved to Venice where he graduated from the local art school and taught drawing in secondary schools. In 1940, when Italy entered the war in the Second World War, he fought on the Greek-Albanian front as an infantry second lieutenant and began writing a war diary that would be lost. After the Greek campaign he was transferred, with the German troops, to Crete. With the announcement of the armistice of 8 September 1943 and the disbandment of the Italian army, he was taken prisoner by the Germans and sent to concentration camps first in the Netherlands, then in Poland and Germany. During his imprisonment he executed lager drawings and portraits from the truth of Italian and German soldiers, he also begins to write a prison diary. In 1944, he managed to escape, he returned to Italy.

After the war, Biasion resumed teaching and exhibited some works in a Venetian art gallery, arousing the appreciation of the poet and essayist Sergio Solmi. The tragic experiences lived in war and imprisonment are transfused in the Tempi bruciati diary, published in 1948, and in drawings, paintings and engravings. He also begins to compose the series of stories, equally inspired by memories of war, which will give life to Sagapò, a novel that Elio Vittorini will print in Einaudi's I Gettoni collection in 1953. And in Sagapò (I love you in Greek), the his most famous literary work, the Mediterranean film will be inspired, directed in 1991 by Gabriele Salvatores, winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1992.

There are numerous collaborations as an art and literary critic in periodicals such as Il Verri, Le Vie d'Italia, newspapers: Gazzetta del popolo, Il Resto del Carlino, Corriere d'Informazione. In the weekly Oggi he edited an art column for thirty-five years.

He died in Florence at eighty-two in 1996.