Artist biography

Alfredo Chighine born 1914

Italian painter and sculptor. Born in Milan. Studied engraving at the School of Decorative Arts in Monza in 1945, then sculpture at the Brera Academy. Worked primarily as a sculptor 1947-53, making expressionistic wood carvings of figures related to Sironi, with summary rugged surfaces, then turned to painting. Early paintings tonal and based on such themes as landscapes and interiors with figures, but soon developed an abstract tachiste style, with patches of strong colours, vigorous brushwork and incised surfaces. These works sometimes relate to impressions of landscape. Published etchings for poems by Lee Master and Sergj Esenin 1947, and aquatints for poems by Raffaele Carrieri 1963. First one-man exhibition at the Galleria San Fedele, Milan, 1950; his work has since been widely exhibited in Italy and in group shows abroad. Lives in Milan.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.118