Fasciotti, Titta (1927 – 1993)
Titta Fasciotti was born in Bergamo, Italy in 1927. He had been an artist all his life. His first strokes were taught to him by his father- both fresco-painter and decorator. His family were all artists and from an early
age he was consistently surrounded by art in all its forms. At the age of seventeen he studied at the Accademia Carrara Bergamo in Italy under Professor Achille Fune for four years.
He came to live in South Africa in 1948 under the most difficult circumstances possible at that time. His father Gino was an Italian prisoner of war held in South Africa. In South Africa he then studied under the well known artist, W.G Wiles between 1952 and 1955.
He was a painter of landscapes, still life, seascapes and figure studies. His use of colour was often rich and arresting and he contrasted dark shadows with brilliance of light . He worked in a series of mediums such as Oil, Acrylic, watercolour, ink, wash, pencil and charcoal. Most of his scenes were derived from life in the rural and Cape, he also painted the Karoo and other African tribal scenes. In his Karoo landscapes you can see how he managed to capture the peace and quiet countryside skilfully.
The artist participated in a series of group international exhibitions in 1953 in South Africa, Austria, the USA, the UK and his native Italy. However his first solo exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa came in 1963 and was the first of an eventual 31 solo exhibitions.
Very much like the man, his paintings are elusive but once encountered, both the name and the artist are unforgettable.
He saw it as his duty to bring pleasure through his works and he wanted to light a little candle in the heart with his paintings. His works can be found in private and public collections both locally and internationally.