Piero Dorazio (1927 - 2005)

The artistic work of Piero Dorazio began almost instantly after the Second World War and was dedicated from the beginning to the phenomena of colour and light, a characteristic that shows convergence with the convictions and entire body of thought of the ZERO artists.

With the use of geometry as an artistic medium, he captures the factors light and colour and brings them to the canvas. In his delicately structured and atmospheric, lattice-like painting, which was strongly affected by his architectural studies, light itself is a consistently central theme. Moreover, colour manifests itself as a luminous configuration of variation through abstract sequences of patterns and fields. In these circumstances, the term ‘abstract’ applies only in the sense that the paintings were not figurative. Still today, Dorazio is deemed one of the most important Italian artists of the second half of the 20th century and is viewed as a pioneer of Abstraction in Italy.




1927 Born in Rome


1945 Studies in architecture in Rome


1947-1948 Scolarship for the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris


1950 Foundation from the gallery forum Age d'Or in Rome und Florence

1953-1954 A year abroad in the USA 


1961 Prix Kandinsky


1973 First "Grey Changing" arises


1974 Settles down in an old abandoned cloister in Todi Umbria, Italy

1997 Michelangelo-Price from the Accademia dei Virtuosi del Panthenon


2005 Died in Perugia, Umbria

 1952 Documenta II, Kassel 


1961 Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf


1963 Museo de Arte Moderno, Sao Paulo


1964 Documenta III, Kassel


1966 Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart


1969 Haus am Waldsee, Berlin


1971 Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel


1979 Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris


           Retroperspective, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo


1980 Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale


1981 Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen


           Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst und Neue Pinakothek, Munich


1982 Quadrat Moderne Galerie, Bottrop


1983 Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome


1985 Takanawa Art Gallery Seibu, Tokyo


1988 Biennale in Venice


           Piero Dorazio: Bilder Aquarelle Zeichnungen (1956-1988), Kunsthaus Zug


1990 Musée de Grenoble


           Galleria Communale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna


1992 Kunstverein Ludwigshafen


1996 Calcografia Nazionale, Rome


1998 PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan


2001 Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bozen


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