Cuppari completed his education in Italy as a mechanical engineer, but realized early on that engineering was not what he wanted to do with his life. Moving to New York in 1957, Cuppari began a formal study of painting and music. He recorded several compositions and painted exhaustively while working to support his growing family.
On New Year’s Eve, 1976, a devastating fire destroyed his house and most of his artwork to date. The fire gave birth to Cuppari’s pioneering “More is More” philosophy of art which was a rebellion against Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s then prevalent philosophy “Less is More.”
Cuppari is an expressionist painter who believes that the idea is born in the process. His numerous works consist of oils, watercolors and mixed media. His two series, “Acqua e Terra,” and “The Water Train” explored pain, tragedy, passion and hope in current world events. In his latest works in the series “Mondo Bello” (Acqua, Cielo, Terra), Cuppari is celebrating a more beautiful side of humanity and nature.