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Bruno Cassinari (Piacenza, 29 October 1912 - Milan, 26 March 1992) was an Italian painter and sculptor.

Among the main exponents of Italian post-war painting, his works are characterized by formal deformations of expressionist ancestry, with reflections on the Cubist structure.

From 1934 to 1938 he attended the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, where he graduated under the guidance of Aldo Carpi.

In 1939 he won the Littoriali prize and became part of the Corrente painters group, with Renato Guttuso, Emilio Vedova, Renato Birolli, Ennio Morlotti, Ernesto Treccani and Giuseppe Migneco, together with whom he recognized the importance of the work of Pablo Picasso : Guernica as a symbol of the artists' struggle against barbarism.

In 1941 Elio Vittorini takes care of his first solo show at the Bottega degli Corrente and Cassinari artists, he wins the Bergamo Prize with the portrait of Rosa Birolli, known as The Portrait of Rosetta. It joins following the movement of the new Front of the arts.

In 1949 he moved to Antibes, where he remained to live until 1952. He met Picasso, who invited him to exhibit with a solo exhibition at the Antibes Museum presented by Dor de la Souchère, and met Chagall, Matisse and Braque. Also in 1949 he exhibited in New York in the exhibition: Twentieth-Century Italian Art at MoMa. In Antibes he also got to know Chagall, Matisse and Gide.

In 1962 the studio of Gropparello reopens. From the works of this period a new poetic and personal realism will result: sunflowers, roosters, flowers, pomegranates, storms will be the themes of the new works.

He died suddenly in Milan in the studio in via San Tomaso on the afternoon of March 26, 1992, on the day of the seventh anniversary of the death of his wife Enrica.