Franco Asco (1903 -1970) 


Franco Asco’s art is an harmonious oscillation between classical resonances and abstract paces. Influenced by Rodin and Maillol on one side, by Brancusi and Arp on the other, the work of this 20th century artist expresses the opposites, torn appart between naturalism and anti-naturalism.

Franco Asco was born in Trieste in 1903, from a Polish mother and an Italian father that he never met. In 1929 he « italianized » his real name Atschko, making it Asco. At the end of World War 1, after studying at Vienna Fine Arts Academy, he moved to Rome.

His first shows were in Trieste (1920-1921), and in Barcelona in 1929 for the International Exhibition. He took part in the Venice Biennale in 1930, 1932, 1935 and 1940.

In 1933, Asco moved to Milan and participated in several public exhibitions.

His first solo show was in 1937 in Milan, at the Galleria Pesaro.

In 1947, he made an exhibition in Sao Paolo, and in 1949, he was in the famous « Mostra Polemica » in Trieste then Milan.

In 1955, he won a contest for the building of a city monument in Trieste.

From 1959 to 1962, he took part in several exhibitions at the Galleria Pagani del Grattacielo, and in 1968 at the Galleria Cavour in Milan.

He died in 1970 in Milan, leaving a rich and inspiring work behind him.