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Piero Dorazio

Piero Dorazio was an Italian painter who was regarded as a pioneer of abstract art in Italy. He gained inspiration and role models for his art concept from his studies of European as well as non-European art history. Raffaello Santi, Antonio del Pollajuolo, the French Impressionists, the Italian Futurists, Wassili Kandinski, Kasimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian were particularly important to him. His pictorial language is abstract and non-objective. He uses pure basic colours, which he superimposes, weaves and ornamentally repeats in stripes, lines, lines, fields and surfaces. He complemented his paintings with aluminium, wood and plexiglass to create a structured surface. He also created etchings, lithographs, glass windows, mosaics, ceramics and stage sets. In addition to his practical work as an artist, Dorazio also worked as a lecturer in the USA and wrote texts on art theory and art criticism.

Born 1927 in Rome (Italy)
1945 Studied architecture in Rome (Italy)
1946 Member of the group “Arte Sociale” in Rome (Italy)
1947-1948 Scholarship from the French government, which enabled him to study at the “Ecole National  supérieure des Beaux Artes” in Paris (France).
1950 G Founded the gallery forum “Age d’Or” in Rome (Italy) and Florence (Italy)
Member of the group “Movimento per l’arte concreta“
1961 Won the Prix Kandinsky
1959-1964 Participants of the documenta in Kassel
1974 He settled in the abandoned monastery of Todi in Umbria (Italy) and lived and worked alternately there and on Rhodes (Greece)
died 2005 in Perugia (Italy)

Piero Dorazio

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