Piero Fornasetti (10 November 1913 - 9 October 1988) was an Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver.
He lived most of his life in Milan, attending the Brera Art Academy from 1930-32 when he was expelled for insubordination. During World War II, he went into exile in Switzerland from 1943-46. He created more than 11,000 items, many featuring the face of a woman, operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri, as a motif. Fornasetti found her face in a 19th-century magazine. “What inspired me to create more than 500 variations on the face of a woman?” asks Italian designer, Piero Fornasetti of himself. “I don’t know,” he admits, “I began to make them and never stopped.” The “Tema e Variazioni” (theme and variation) wall plate series is based on Cavalieri's face numbered more than 350.
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