Togo

Togo (Enzo Migneco) was born in 1937 in Milan where he still lives and works. He has been painting since 1957 and at the end of the 1960s he began his research in the field of engraving. His first important exhibition was at Galleria 32 in Milan in 1967, presented by Raffaele De Grada. It was followed by other  personal exhibitions in Milano at the Galleria Diarcon, Palmieri, Annunciata, Palazzo Sormani, Aleph, Bonaparte, Università Bocconi, il Torchio, Centro dell’Incisione; these exhibitions were alternately presented by Enzo Fabiani, Paolo Volponi, Alberto Cavicchi, Paolo Bellini, Giorgio Seveso, Luciano Caramel, Tommaso Trini, Sergio Spadaro, Francesco Poli. In 1971 during his personal exhibition at the Gallery La Robinia in Rita Di Piazzain Palermo, he met Leonardo Sciascia who showed interest in his work.

In 1982 he exhibited at the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, Wroclaw in Poland and Helsinki in Finland. In 1985 he exhibited at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, International Biennial of Engraving. In 1989 the city of Messina dedicated an anthological exhibition to him, curated by Lucio Barbera, and in the catalogue of Edizioni Mazzotta appeared critical texts by Barbera himself, Paolo Bellini and Luciano Caramel.

In 1993 he exhibited, with Marzulli and Faini, in Perth (Australia) at the annual Art Fair. In 1995 Vincenzo Consolo dedicated a tribute to him for the exhibition of engravings at the Studio di Arte Grafica in Milan, and in September 1998 he was invited by Lucio Barbera to “La Sicilia è un arcipelago” (Sicily is an archipelago), an exhibition born in the Aquarium of Rome and later hosted in New York, Palermo and Messina. In 1999 he exhibited 20 paintings at the European Parliament in Brussels.

In 2000 he was awarded the “Antonello da Messina” Prize for figurative arts in Rome. From 1999 to 2004 he was Professor of Engraving at the Academy of Fine Arts “Aldo Galli” in Como. In 2000 Erminia Felletti dedicated  to him her Brera Master thesis entitled “Togo, light, music and color”; her supervisor was  Professor Andrea del Guercio. In 2010 he exhibited at the Galleria San Carlo in Milan, presented in the catalogue by Francesco Poli and in the same year he was at the University of Messina with an anthological exhibition curated by Teresa Pugliatti and Luigi Ferlazzo Natoli. He was invited by Vittorio Sgarbi and Giorgio Grasso to the 54th Venice Biennale. A volume of short stories by Franco Arcovito and reproductions of paintings by Togo, entitled “Le 7 Sorelle – The Aeolian Islands”, was published for the Edizioni del Gabbiano and the Fondazione Bonino Pulejo.

In August 2012 the City of Sant’Agata di Militello (Me) organized a solo exhibition in the rooms of the Gallego Castle; in the catalog there was a presentation by Angela Manganaro. In January 2013 he exhibited at ‘Orientale Sicula’ of Messina.

One of his great works, “Fast As A Train“, was donated to the State Railways in February 2014 and since then permanently exhibited in the station of Messina. In August he exhibited a series of works painted in collaboration with Michele Cannaò at the GADAM of San Marco d’Alunzio (Me). Saverio Pugliatti presented him at “Furnari Arte” in the rooms of Palazzo Marziani. He was invited by Vittorio Sgarbi to the “Artisti Siciliani” “Sicilian Artists” exhibition in Favignana, Palermo and Catania. In December of the same year the Provincial Administration of the city of Messina organized an exhibition in the premises of the prestigious building “Monte di Pietà”. In the catalog was a testimony of Vincenzo Bonaventura. He was invited by Valerio Lombardo to participate in the project “Container Arte”, as part of the events of the EXPO in Milan. In March 2016, he exhibited some of his works at the Ex Filandadi Soncino, invited by the local Rotary Club and presented in the catalogue by Vincenzo Zuccaro. Since 2002, he has been a member of the Roberto Boccafogli Association, now the Livia and Virginio Montani Association.