Riccardo Licata was born in Turin on 20 December of 1929. After a brief stay in Paris, his family moved to Rome, where he remained until 1945. From 1946 Licata lives in Venice. He studied at the Art School Belli Arti di Venezia in the years between 1947 and 1955. In 1957 he obtained a scholarship from the French government to experiment with color etching and new techniques in Paris in collaboration with Friedlaender, Hayter and Goetz. The same year he was named as an assistant of Gino Severini at the Ecole d’Art Italienne de Paris. In 1961 he was nominated a professor of mosaic at the Ecole Nationale de Paris where he taught until 1995.
The prestigious assignments follow each other, so in 1969 he was professor of Plastic arts to U.E.R. of Sorbonne, then professor of the Academie Goetz of Paris and, since 1972 holds the same title at the International School of Graphics in Venice and at Ecole d’Architecture Americaine de Fontainebleau.
With extensive experience of art that sees him from time to time painter, engraver, mosaicist, sculptor, set designer, he began to exhibit in Venice and in Florence in 1949 with the group of Giovani Pittori Astratti. His first solo exhibition was held in Venice in 1951, following more than 300 solo exhibitions in 35 different countries. From 1952 he exhibited at the Biennale di Venezia, the Biennale of San Paolo in Brasil, Tokyo, Paris, Ljubljana, Alexandria in Egitto and the Quadriennali di Roma, the Milan Triennale, as well as in major Parisian Salons.
In 1993 he held a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Ca ‘Pesaro, Venice.
In recent years he produced other works and events of particular significance; the main group is composed of about ninety works, including paintings of large, medium and small size, sculptures, mosaics, graphics.
In 2002, he obtained, for artistic merit, the International Prize for Culture. His works are exposed in museums of modern art of Belluno, Chicago, Florence, Milan, New York, Paris, Stuttgart, Venice and others.
- Palazzo Ducale di Mantova, promossa dal Ministero per i Beni e Attività Culturali e dalla Soprintendenza per i Beni Artistici e Storici di Mantova
- Castello di Ebenau, Austria
- Galleria Davidov, Parigi
- Internazionale di Venezia
- Europ’Art, Ginevra, Svizzera
- Art London
Museo Nazionale d’Abruzzo
Castello Cinquecentesco de l’Aquila
Museo Nazionale di Villa Pisani
“Castello aperto: pastelli, sculture, arazzi”, Castello di Rinco
“Riccardo Licata – Arazzi”, Torino, Palazzo Graneri