Ettore Colla

Italian painter and sculptor Ettore Colla (1896-1968), led a roving life.  He worked with European artists (including Bourdelle, Brancusi & Lehmbrook) while supporting himself in a variety of odd jobs including work as a coal miner, stone mason, itinerant photographer, and even as an assistant to an elephant trainer!

In 1949 Colla was one of the founders of the avant-garde art group Origins (Gruppo Origine), which tried to throw out established artistic forms and begin from scratch.  He began making sculptures out of scrap iron and found objects in the 1950s, creating abstract works based on geometric forms or on the human figure.