Italian painter and printmaker. Born at Carpignano Sesia (Novara). Moved to Milan in 1941 and studied painting at the Brera Academy under Funi and Carrà; became friendly with Cassinari and Morlotti. Joined the groups Numero and Pittura, and helped to edit their periodicals. Published etchings illustrating poems by Cesare Pavese 1947; first one-man exhibition at the Galleria della Bottega, Novara, 1948. After naturalistic beginnings, evolved c.1950-1 an abstract style influenced by the colours and light of Bonnard and by the structure of the Cubist pictures of Braque. Took studies from nature as his starting-point, but tried to capture the essence of natural forms bathed in light. Spent part of each year in the countryside of Piedmont, from which he drew inspiration. After 1960 his work started to become more figurative, with paintings of still life and shadowy nudes in interiors related to de Staël and Bacon. Lives in Milan.
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.3