Piero Dorazio was an Italian painter who was pivotal in bringing abstraction to Italy. His oil paintings were often composed of intensely colored bands, which are stretched and intermingled like webs across the surface of the canvas. “The progressive elements in our society have to maintain a revolutionary and avant-garde position,” Dorazio said of creating art. Born on June 29, 1927 in Rome, Italy, he studied painting, drawing, and architecture at the University of Rome. In the late 1940s, the artist became active in a variety of artistic and literary circles. He went on to become a co-founder of Forma 1, the first group of Italian abstract artists. He held his first solo exhibition at the Wittenborn One-Wall Gallery in New York the same year. He went on to hold a teaching position at the University of Pennsylvania and helped to found the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Dorazio died on May 17, 2005 in Perugia, Italy. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Paper sizes 56 x 72 cm
Image sizes 39.5 x 45.5 cm
Signed lower right in pencil by the artist