Piero Dorazio (1927 - 2005)
The artistic work of Piero Dorazio, born in 1927 in Rome, starts directly after the Second World War and is dedicated from the beginning to the phenomena of colour and light. In 1945 he starts his studies in architecture in Rome. From 1947 to 1948 he stays in Paris enabled by a Scholarship for the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. In 1950 he returns to Italy and founds the gallery forum Age d'Or in Rome und Florence. From 1953 to 1954 he spends a year abroad in the USA meeting with f.e. Marc Rothko, Robert Motherwell und Barnett Newman. In 1961 he is granted with the Prix Kandinsky. In 1960 he starts teaching at the Pennysylvania University School of Design and becomes Professor in 1968. During the 60ies the first works with colour bands arise. In 1970 he returns to Italy. In 1973 the first "Grey Changing" arises. In 1974 he settles down in an old abandoned cloister in Todi Umbria, Italy. In 1997 he is awarded with the Michelangelo-Price from the Accademia dei Virtuosi del Panthenon. 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, grid-like painting, which is 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 this context, the term ‘abstract’ applies only in the sense that the paintings are 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. In 2005 he dies in Perugia, Umbria.
1948 Quadriennale di Roma, Rome / Salon des réalités nouvelles, Paris 1950 Founding of the gallery forum Age d'Or in Rome und Florence 1959 Documenta II, Kassel 1961 Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf 1963 Museo de Arte Moderno, Sao Paulo 1964 Documenta III, Kassel 1966 Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart 1969 Haus am Waldsee, Berlin 1971 Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Bâle 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