Paolo Scheggi (1940 - 1971)

With his conception of the painting as a three-dimensional object, Paolo Scheggi was a pioneer. This approach is expressed principally in the multi-layered monochrome works, in which the corporeality of a picture takes precedence over its capacity for representation. 

His intention was the spatialisation of the panel painting, ennobling it to being an object in its own right.

Thanks to his metal-assemblages, Scheggi drew the attention of the Italian Avantgarde artist, who became the patron of the young artist and his work. For his “intersuperfici” and “strutture modulari”, he soon reached international acclaim. The works distinguish themselves through uni-coloured, overlapping layers of canvas or cardboard. These plains are perforated by small circular or elliptic holes, which open to reveal further, underlying layers. 

During his short life, Scheggi exhibited in numerous galleries and museums and momentarily took up contact with the groups NUL and ZERO, as well as the movement of “New Tendencies”.



1940 born in Settignano, Florence


1958 Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence


1960  launch of the issue „Il malinteso“


1961 moved to Milan, in contact with Agostino Bonalumi


1965 staffer for the issue „Marcatré“


1971 died in Rome


2013 foundation of the „Associazione Paolo Scheggi“ in Milan

1961 Itinerario plastico prestabilito. 18 monotipi dal bianco e dal nero Galleria della Vigna Nuova, Florence


1962 Intersupifici curve a zone riflesse, Galleria il Cancello, Bologna


1966 Biennale in Venice


           Intersuperfici curve, Ewan Phillips Gallery, London


1968 Intersuperfici modulari e un progetto di integrazione plastica, Gallery Kuckeh, Bochum


1971 Sei profeti per sei geometrie, Galleria del Naviglio, Mailand


1976 Paolo Scheggi – Retrospektive, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna


1983 Sala d’Arme di Palazzo Vecchio, Florence


1990 Galleria Elleni, Bergamo


2002 Paolo Scheggi – la breve e intensa stagione, Galleria d’Arte Niccoli, Parma


2007 Galleria il Ponte, Florence


2013 Paolo Scheggi - Intercamera plastica e altre storie, Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato


2016 Art after 1945 - 1968, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe