Europe and Milan (1957-1968)
He was still very young and, yet, he already kept a substrate of memories, emotions, frames of mind which are hard to confine in a pattern. And at one point, he felt the need to experience new possibilities. He was invited to the Venice Biennial in 1958, and in the same year he was awarded his first international prizes. He experimented new techniques: watercolours, oil painting and xylography. He spent some time in Lausanne, and moved to Paris in 1959. He became Le Corbusier’s pupil and collaborator. In the French capital city a singular episode took place. Jean Cocteau visited one of Spatari’s solo shows and was irresistibly attracted by one of his works; he pulled it off the wall and took it with him, leaving a signed thank you note in its place.