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Tano Festa (Rome, November 2, 1938 - Rome, January 9, 1988) was an Italian artist, painter and photographer.

Brother of Francesco Lo Savio, he attended the Art Institute of Rome and graduated in photography in 1957, he trained on the example of Cy Twombly and gestural and informal painting.

His first public participation took place in 1959 together with Franco Angeli and Giuseppe Uncini, in a group exhibition at the La Salita gallery in Rome, where, only in 1961, he held his first personal exhibition.

Protagonist of the Roman pop school, he welcomed the new dada solutions with formal rigor, proposing isolated monochrome objects for everyday use. Famous are the shutters, mirrors and windows, which become the support of his activity as a painter (Persiana, 1963, F. Mauri collection).

Since 1963 Festa also focuses on the masters of the Italian tradition and the Renaissance, in particular the Michelangelo of the Sistine Chapel and the Medici Chapels, interpreted as advertising images (Da Michelangelo, n. I, 1966, private collection), ("Dal Peccato Originale n . 2 ", 1966, private collection).

He was invited to participate in the 1965 Rome Quadriennale.

After a difficult period of scarce creativity and disappointing recognition by critics, he was invited to the Venice Biennale in 1980. During the last years of his fulminant existence, in the places of the Roman suburbs, he conceived of the huts and the last out-of-town taverns, giving birth 'the light of Egypt', geometric-conceptual works. In 1984 he appears in the television series "Artisti allo Specchio" of Rai Radio Italian television under the direction of Mario Carbone. He died in 1988 in Rome, after a long illness.