American artist Cy Twombly dies in Rome

Cy Twombly, a giant of the American modern art scene, has died in Rome aged 83.

According to the Guardian, the man who exiled himself from America was the “heir apparent” to Jackson Pollock and one of the towering figures of twentieth century art.

The Gagosian Gallery, which represented Twombly confirmed his death. The cause of death was not immediately known.

"We will not soon see a talent of such amazing scope and intensity," said Larry Gagosian, art dealer and owner of the Gagosian Gallery told CNN.

"The art world has lost a true genius and a completely original talent."

Twombly’s family also expressed sadness at his death.

“The world has lost a brilliant artist and our family has lost a legendary figure ... I had spoken to him just recently; he was a dear cousin and friend," said Twombly's first cousin, Marcia Twombly Gray.

Twombly was known for abstract works in muted colors that combined painting and drawing techniques, as well as the use of text and graffiti.

According to the Guardian, he is “regarded as a key figure among a generation of artists who strove to evolve beyond abstract expressionism.”

Among many his achievements – in 2010, Twombly unveiled a 3,750 square-foot ceiling painting in the Louvre. He is only the third contemporary artist to be invited to install a permanent work in the museum.

Born April 25, 1928, Twombly as an adult divided his time between his hometown in Lexington, Virginia, and Rome.

While the art world mourned him – some took to Twitter to discuss Twombly’s legacy.

Actor Steve Martin, who is a noted art collector, tweeted, "One of the great 20th century artists has died, Cy Twombly. A real master."