Giuseppe Zigaina was born in Cervignano del Friuli (Udine) in 1924. In 1943 he exhibited his works in the halls of the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice, the city where he completed his art studies. Crucial to his intellectual formation is the encounter with Pier Paolo Pasolini, in 1946, with whom he will establish a deep friendship and a fruitful collaboration. Starting from 1948 he exhibited on several occasions at the Biennale Internazionale d’Arte in Venice. At the age of wenty-four he is already among the leading figures of national art together with Guttuso, Pizzinato, Maltese, De Grada, De Micheli and Treccani he lays the foundation of the realist movement. From the late fifties Zigaina begins to move away from Neorealism. The color begins to be "acid and strident", and the shape tends to become tangled in graphic filaments as in pictorial evocations of the father figure or of the landscape theme. The Lucchetta brothers have contributed over the time to support the exhibition activities of the master of Friuli. The retrospective of 2000 at the Museum Revoltella in Trieste has been very significant with a catalog by Carlo Pirovano published for the occasion by Electa, and the exhibition at La Permanente in Milan in 2005 with catalog SilvanaEditoriale. On the occasion of the 85th birthday of the master, Marco Goldin will carry out a major retrospective in the museum rooms of Santa Giulia in Brescia in conjunction with the event dedicated to Van Gogh in the context of the Grandi Mostre which for some years Euromobil contributes to realize in Brescia.