Canna˛ was born in Sicily in 1955, and has been living and working
in Milan since the late seventies.
and engraver, in Milan he started working in the mixed field of
figurative art and theatre, with works dedicated to bullfighting. From here,
his painting career took off and found expression in the theatre piece
"Grandiosa Corrida del Toro Arturo" (The Great Bullfight of Arthur
the Bull - 1988).
- In 1987, he founded the Theatre Company "La Credenza", with which
he staged and directed twenty plays (among which a hitherto unknown play by
Dario Fo "Diario di Eva" (Eve's Diary - 1988); "Mythologýa"
(Mythology) by M.Canna˛ and Luigi
Ceccato; and "La Croce del Sud" (The Southern Cross-'94);
- He created INFESTA (Milan, 1988-89), a non-stop event involving theatre,
painting, literature, dance, poetry and music, which met with great audience
approval for two consecutive seasons.
Promoter and creator of cultural events:
- In 1991, he founded the "La Credenza" studio, a laboratory for
cultural meetings open to the public every Saturday, from 9pm to 3am, for a
kermis of poetry, art, literature and theatrical performances (with such
guests as Vincenzo Consolo, Leo De Berardinis, Maurizio Cucchi, Mario Spinella,
Florestano Vancini, Marco Martinelli and Fausta Squatriti);
- In 1996, he founded and directed the Piccolo Teatro della Scaletta in
- From 1995 to 1999, sponsored by the Messina District and the Provincial
Association for Tourism, he directed and organised as many as 5 versions of
Kal˛ Ner˛, an arts festival which takes place in the most evocative
archaeological and historical sites of the Sicilian Ionic Riviera between
Messina and Taormina.
- In 1986, he produced Il Toro Arturo (Arthur the Bull), a book of engravings
depicting a fairytale by Angela Manganaro (Milan);
- In 1988, he produced Sulle tracce del Mallimachi, his first work on video;
- In 1992, together with A. Manganaro, he founded Arte Net, a quarterly arts
- In 1993, he produced Sciampuina, a pictorial/theatrical performance
dedicated to Luigi Pasotelli (Umanitaria Milano);
- In 1999, he produced a catalogue raisonnÚ of his works between 1974 and
1999, edited by Rossana Bossaglia, Angela Manganaro and Michele Passalacqua.
Michele Canna˛'s artistic career, which began in the mid seventies, has been
studded with a series of exhibitions that turned every show into an event.
Amongst the most important of these are: the national exhibition CittÓ del
Peloro (Messina, 1977); the National Painting and Poetry Review (Museum of
Folk Traditions in Rome, 1980); the Capuana Prize (Milan 1982 - 1st prize); a
solo show at the exhibition hall in Cagliari and the international exhibition
Per la libertÓ (at the Levante fair in Genoa) in 1983; a solo exhibition of
his engravings Ubbro di pestali at the library of Palazzo Sormani in Milano
(1989); his participation in the international exhibition of artist's books (Contemporary
Art Museum in Villa Croce, Genoa, in 1990); a solo exhibition, called
Luviatico, of 25 engravings on linoleum with and about texts by Vincenzo
Consolo, produced in collaboration with Garzanti (Milan, 1994); in 1995, his
participation in the great exhibition "100 artisti per Milano" (100
artists for Milan) at the Permanente Palace in Milano, produced by Rossana
Bossaglia; a solo exhibition in the cloisters of the monastery of San Placido
Caloner˛ in Messina; in 1999, a solo exhibition, called Labirinti, in the
Hall of Mirrors of Palazzo dei Leoni in Messina.
The exhibitions in 2001:
- Luviatico, a solo exhibition held at the L'Equilibrista library - Lodi
- Cor-ride, a solo exhibition held at the Sargadelos Gallery - Milan
- Labirinti, a solo exhibition held at the Bertolt Brecht Club - Milan
- Luviatico, a solo exhibition held at the Ciovasso Gallery - Milan
exhibitions in 2002:
- Le ragioni di un sogno, an anthology of his works from 1982 to 2002, held at
the Cascina Grande in Rozzano, Milan
A solo exhibition
of design and engraving at the Castle of
exhibitions in 2003:
A solo exhibition at the Castle of Scaletta
exhibitions in 2004:
exhibition at Gallery IsTinto of Milan
exhibitions in 2005:
- "Canna˛ Portrait" a solo exhibition at the Castle of
Villata (VC); at the
"Satura" in Genova; at the Corporation of Exbitions of Petrosino
"Le ragioni di un sogno", a solo
exposition of design and engraving at the Castle Visconteo of
Lacchiarella (MI) and at the Cabinet of '900 of Milan.
In May of 2006 begins the journey of Odysseus, Scylla & Charybdis to
Lattuada Space gallery in Milan: work on Ulysses, sull'errare in its double
meaning of being wrong / travel,
From 2007 to 2013, director of Milan's Permanente Museum and since 2010 he
is Director of the Mud Museum of Messina (which he designed and built, and
that will be represented in 2011 at the 68th International Biennale del
Cinema in Venice from Film Warm Gray Warm Black Marco snappers).
In 2009 organizes the
exhibition Passion and Charm to Tadini of Milan Gallery in collaboration
with the poet Guido Oldani (the eponymous book is published with texts by
Bruno CorÓ, Amedeo Anelli, Marco Dentici, Angela Manganaro and Oldani), with
the support of of Culture of the Lombardy Region, is invited to the Biennale
di Lodi, becomes part of the Parisi-Valle Cheapskate museum collection (VA).
He participates with its poet all'happening Heads of poetry at the Temple of
Hadrian in Rome. From October 1 to November 7, 2010 participates in the
twentieth century Sacred in Sicily, a series of Sicilian masters of the
In 2011 he was invited
to exhibit his passion to Italian Exhibition of the 54th International
Biennial of Art in Venice and, at the same Biennale exhibits with Domino who
then will move to the United States.
Design "Mountain to Art" in flooded places of Messina realizing the Grand
Staircase, the work of land art.
In 2012 he was awarded in Rome on "Antonello Award" for its important
artistic achievements during his thirty years of activity.
In 2013 he organizes the exhibition The 13 Moons to Chie Art Gallery in
In 2014 the gadam of San Marco D'alunzio with Different Glances, along with
In 2015 a major exhibition Passion and Charm is staged prior to the Castle
of Frederick II of Milazzo and then to the Palace of the Dukes of S. Stefano
di Taormina. Always the same year the anthology Passions the Montesegale
Also in 2015 he participates in the Expo in Milan with his Mud Museum which,
from Messina to new headquarters at the Castle Montesegale of which he is
In the role of conductor set up in September 2015 Montesegale the exhibition
"From the Rising Sun to the Land of the Sun" which houses works by a group
of Japanese artists and a group of artists of the Mud Museum and, in June
2016, "The Moon the mind hands "which houses the personal Togo, Paola Grott,
Luisa Pelosio and Luisa del Sorbo.
In 2016 realizes the SeMediSŔ + 99, the large installation located in
Montesegale; is the protagonist in the great exhibition "Leonardo and his
contemporaries" organized by ContainerLab from July to September at Palazzo
Martinengo of Brescia, presented in the catalog by Stefano Brenna; He was
invited by Filippo Scimeca the Review of "Painters Milanesi at the Museum of
Gibellina" that acquires one of his works.
In March of 2017 he was invited to exhibit at the 33rd edition of POU Kobe -
Hyogo Museum of Art in Japan. In April 2017 presents the pictorial-theater