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Massimo Taccon (born May 19, 1967 in Rome) is an Italian painter, sculptor and writer who, during his ‘Ismahel period’ (1997–2002), signed his artworks with the pseudonym ISMAHEL He is the founder, thinker and theoretician of an art movement called Critical Meditavism (Meditavismo Critico), whose manifesto was posted to blogspot.com in September 2010.

Born in Italy, Taccon lives and works mainly in Rome. He was present at the Rome International Biennale in 1998, and in 1999 he was one of the 462 artists, from across the world, who participated in the second edition of the ‘Florence Biennale’ exhibition of contemporary art. In 2000 his work was shown at the Langhkawi International Festival of Arts 2000, held by the National Art Gallery, Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Culture Foundation.[

On 14 September 2010 in Rome at the studio “La Taccon Arte” in presence of few intimate friends, Taccon dictated the basic pillars of a new art movement: The “Critical Meditavism” (Meditavismo Critico) and posted it as a manifesto to blogspot.com.

His work has been covered in several art reviews in Italy, Spain and Germany.