1918 Turin – 2015 Turin
Carol Rama, born as Olga Carola Rama, is the youngest daughter of a wealthy tyre manufacturer. She is an autodidactic artist dealing with the topics of sexuality, physical forms, and mental illness. Rama sees her art as a means of healing. The artist is already on her own at the age of 15, after her mother is admitted to a psychiatric institution and her father’s suicide following his factory’s bankruptcy. The first exhibition of her provocative to explicit art takes place at the Faber Gallery in Turin in 1945, but is closed by the police for lewd depictions. In the 1950s, she begins to experiment with different materials such as syringes, car tyres and other mechanical parts, and develops her own abstract collage style.