Raimondo Barbadirame was respected as both a painter and a sculptor. He was born in Dolceacqua, Italy, in 1923. Barbardirame begun his artistic career as a decorator, painting numerous frescoes in private residences and castles while wandering the Riviera dei Fiori and Costa Azzurra. During his life Barbadirame’s exhibitions were visited by great personalities including Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Grace Kelly and her husband the prince of Monaco. He received the ‘Biamonti’s Prize’, prestigious award for art and literature portraying the true essence of Italy’s Liguria region. The prize was named after Francesco Biamonti (1933–2001), a celebrated Italian novelist from Liguria, and Biamonti himself wrote of Barbardirame’s work; “His peasants, his women, his Christs have lost every crudeness, without losing the truth of their thickness…”
Barbadirame was a close associate of Pablo Picasso since the pair first met in the 1950s until Picasso’s death in 1973.