Martino Fiorattini was born in Casteldidone (a small town between Cremona and Mantua) in 1928. He died in Casalmaggiore (Cremona) in 1997. A mild yet sociable character, Martino, as everybody refers to him in the village, was born in a farmer’s family, the only of three children who does not emigrate. For no reason after he was fifty years old, he started to paint in spite of the whole town considering it to be rather odd. Now he is on his own path of self-taught artist, and he will keep painting unrelentlessly until the end of his days. He is married to Francesca Delvò but he picks up the brush seriously only in the beginning of the 80’s when his three children are growing old (Maurilio, born in 1955; Paola, in 1957; Angela, ’62). He cultivates melons when he suddenly starts to reduce his work in the fields and picks up the brush with a lot of passion. He first discovers Ligabue, then Picasso and, who knows how, Van Gogh, the fauve movement and the Die Brüke painters: all of those contribute to the explosion of that magical world with colours and forms that have been inside of him till that moment. He is referred to as “visionario padano” (visionary of the Po valley) due to his thick brushwork and its dazzling colours used to paint the environment, that small slice of land animated by animals and plants. Martino does not sell his paintings, he works just following an interior need. He tells his pieces, sometimes giving those to friends as a gift. His works are kept in Gaia Museum Outsider Art, Randers, Denmark; Casa dell’Art Brut, Mairano di Casteggio.
“Martino Fiorattini. Visionario padano”, Museo Diotti, Casalmaggiore, Cremona, 2015
“Martino Fiorattini. Tra meloni e zanzare”, Maroncelli 12 Gallery, Milan, 2016
“Martino Fiorattini. Between melons and mosquitos”, Gaia Museum Outsider Art, Randers, Denmark, 2018
Gaia Museum Outsider Art, Randers, Denmark
Casa dell’Art Brut, Mairano di Casteggio, Pavia