Sughi, Alberto (1928- ) - 1975 Girl Sitting Oil on canvas; 90 x 70 cm. Sughi was born in Cesena, Emilia-Romagna. A self-taught painter, by the end of his formative years he had become one of the greatest Italian artists of his generation. He started painting in the early 1950s, choosing realism in the debate between abstract and figurative art in the immediate post-war period. Even from his early works, however, Sughi’s paintings have avoided any attempt at social moralising.