Florence, August 13, 1887 • Paris, June 18, 1960
Son of the sculptor Adolfo Cipriani, after studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Ugo Cipriani specialized in marble, terracotta, bronze and alabaster in the spirit of the Art Deco movement of the 1920s. One of his most famous, is the bronze monument of 1919 by Guglielmo Oberdan, in the square of the same name in Florence.
In 1935 he emigrated to France to escape the fascist regime of Mussolini. He lived in Paris as a political refugee and became a very prolific sculptor in France. Several works are in collaboration with the animalist sculptor Irénée Rochard, also made with the pseudonyms of Menneville and Uriano.