Cattelan Maurizio (1960 – )
Born in Padua in 1960, Maurizio Cattelan is considered one of the most controversial Italian artists of his generation. He graduated from evening classes, because during the day he devoted himself to any job that allowed him to bring money home. After finishing his studies, he began his period of experimentation, first of all in design. Cattelan’s operations combine performance, happenings and anything provocative that can be exhibited. In his works parody and tragedy are mixed, often raising indignation and irritation, but also reflection. One of his most recent works include the famous ‘America’, a water closet covered in 18-carat gold, exhibited at the Guggenheim in New York and now missing.