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Carla Accardi, an Italian painter known for her calligraphic abstractions, was born in 1924 in Trapani, Italy. She studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence before moving to Rome in 1946. While in Rome, she met the group of artists with which she would found Forma I, including Pietro Consagra and her future husband Antonio Sanfilippo. The group’s primary interest was in aligning their Marxist political beliefs with a formalist approach to abstraction. In the decades that followed, Accardi participated in a number of exhibitions and became an important influence on the development of Arte Povera during the mid-1970s. She died on February 23, 2014 in Rome, Italy.