The Artist Birthday Series

Massimo Taccon

Today’s Artist Birthday: Massimo Taccon

Massimo Taccon (born May 19, 1967) is an Italian painter, sculptor and writer who, during his “Ismahel period” (1997–2002), signed his artworks with the pseudonym ISMAHEL. He is the founder, thinker and theoretician of an art movement called Critical Meditavism (Meditavismo Critico), whose manifesto was published in September 2010.


Taccon was born in Rome where he continues to live, and work often. In 1999 he was one of the 462 artists, from across the world, who participated in the second edition of the Florence Biennale exhibition of contemporary art.

“Evolution 1,” by Massimo Taccon, 1999. Signed “Ishamel” on the front and “Massimo Taccon” on the back, this piece participated in the 20 international exhibition known as the Florence Biennale. (available for purchase here)
"Domine Quo Vadis," 1999 by Massimo Taccon, featured at 1999 Florence Biennale.
“Domine Quo Vadis,” 1999 by Massimo Taccon, featured at 1999 Florence Biennale.

In 2000 his work was shown at the Langhkawi International Festival of Arts 2000, held by the Malay National Art Gallery, Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Culture Foundation.

Langhkawi International Festival of Arts 2000
The National Gallery of Art in Kuala Lampur hosted the Langhkawi International Festival of Arts 2000, where Taccon was one of the participants.

On September 14, 2010 in Rome at the studio “La Taccon Arte” in presence of few intimate friends, he dictated the basic pillars of a new art movement he had developed: The “Critical Meditavism” (Meditavismo Critico), which is opposed to every form of materialism and is based on the concept of “absolute mental empty”. In Critical Meditavism the artist and the final artwork are the same thing.  He published his concept by posting it as a manifesto online (you can read a copy of it here). A copy of the manifesto is preserved in the historical archives of the Rome Quadriennale in the complex of Villa Carpegna (Rome).

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He has written and published two books.
A collection of lyrics, Stati d’animo di un giovane qualunque (ovvero rappresentazioni fedeli dell’essere) (1990), edizioni Beta, and Messaggio dalla luce (Message from the light) (1998), edizioni libreria Croce.

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“Dinamica 2” by Massimo Taccon, 2009
"Alpha And Omega," by Massimo Taccon, 2009
“Alpha And Omega,” by Massimo Taccon, 2009


. . . my works are collected messages from the soul and transferred in image to represent an inside world. I pick up feelings and intuitions to reverse them to the exterior, trying to launch a call in this world, what I expect is a definitive inside awakening of whom picks up the call.” ~ Massimo Taccon

“Selfie (Shadow),” Massimo Taccon, 2015

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