Michele Federico ( Capri , 13 November 1884 - 1966 )
Michele Federico was a landscape painter nicknamed "the painter of the sea" because his marinas are unforgettable, often on the island of Capri, where he was born and worked until his death. At the age of twelve he was a pupil of the painter Antonino Leto (Monreale, 1844 - Capri, 1913), a Sicilian student of Lojacono, who had settled in Capri since 1882. With his teacher and with Augusto Lovatti (Rome, 1852 - Capri, 1921) shared a painting realized live, full of light, colors and movement. Federico and Lovatti were the references for a group of painters in the early twentieth century, including: Valentino White, Carlo Perindani, Matteo Sarno, Felice Giordano , Ezelino Briante , Antonio Odierna and Enrico Gargiulo. In the thirties he was organizing solo and group exhibitions in the painter's studio in Florence. He is very close to his island and it is said that when an American merchant brought him to the United States where he had, and has, an excellent commercial success, the painter after a short time he was taken by the nostalgia of his island and wanted to return home. Michele Federico was a prolific painter with a great commercial success. His works were exhibited, starting with the Promoter Rose Salvator of Naples in 1907, in many Italian cities, Milan, Turin, Genoa, Rome and Florence, and foreign, Paris, S. Francisco and Buenos Aires. The fame and diffusion of the works of Michele Federico are such that even today it is common to see his works on auction abroad more than in Italy.