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Gino Bonichi, also known by the pseudonym of Scipione Bonichi or Scipione (Macerata, 25 February 1904 - Arco, 9 November 1933), was an Italian painter and writer.

Marchigiano by birth, Scipione moved to Rome in 1909. In 1919 the first signs of tuberculosis appeared, for which he was admitted to the sanatorium, where he remained until 1924.

Already in 1924 Scipione knew the painter Mario Mafai. Scipione and Mafai both attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome but in 1925 both had to leave the Academy for a dispute with the director.
The bridge of angels (1930)

In 1928 Scipione founded with Mario Mafai, Renato Marino Mazzacurati and Antonietta Raphaël the Roman School, called "Scuola di via Cavour", a group of artists active in Rome who opposed the conservative "Novecento" movement. To the "Twentieth Century" they rebuked conservatism, the fascist tendency and Neoromanticism.

In the summer of 1929 a long stay in Collepardo gave Scipione, for unanimous recognition of criticism, vigor and artistic maturity.

Scipione died at just 29 years of tuberculosis.

Scipione's paintings are characterized by great energy and nervousness, expressed with the use of bright colors. His views of Rome are marked by dark colors and oppressive and distressing forms.

Scipione was also a draftsman, poet and writer. His works have an international reputation and were exhibited in the documentary exhibition 1 of 1955 in Kassel.