Ivo Serafino Fenu

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Art historian and critic, he was born in San Vero Milis (Sardinia) on the 19th November 1959, where he still resides. As a child, his dream was to become a pope; he would practice by collecting holy cards, dressing up, and celebrating pseudo-religious rituals. Advised by more moderate counsel, as an adolescent he studied with the Xaverian missionaries in Macomer (Sardinia). Later on, once the last mystical desire had left him, he attended Art School in Oristano (Sardinia). He graduated with Salvatore Naitza in literature and contemporary art from the University of Cagliari. He then specialised with Corrado Maltese in Medieval and Modern History of Art, from “La Sapienza” University in Rome.

He was editor in chief at Ziqqurat magazine – a periodical about contemporary art and culture in Sardinia and in the Mediterranean area. He currently teaches history of art at the “Carlo Contini” art school in Oristano. He also collaborates with various newspapers and magazines, dealing with art and cultural property. He is an active art critic and curator, collaborating with the MAN – the Art Museum of Nuoro – and the PAV (Visual Art Projects) within the context of Berchidda’s “Time in Jazz” Festival. He also collaborates with private institutions and galleries both in Italy and abroad.

He is the artistic director for visual arts at the Dromos Festival, and curator at the “Carlo Contini” municipal art gallery of Oristano. He can boast many publications, but he still can’t decide what he wants to be when he grows up.

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