Lucio Fontana was born on February 19, 1899, in Rosario de Santa Fé, Argentina. His father was Italian and his mother Argentinean. He lived between Milan and Argentina and worked in his father’s studio as a sculptor before opening his own. He is most famous for founding the art movement of Spatialism in 1947, with the intent of synthesizing colour, sound, space, movement, and time.
Two years later, he created his first series of paintings whose surface he scratched to create holes and slashes, and is nowadays still recognised for the purity of his latest white canvases. Fontana died on September 7, 1968, in Comabbio, Italy.