Artist biography

Mario Bionda born 1913

Italian painter, born in Turin. Studied painting there in the studio of Casorati 1927-31; exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1930, at the age of seventeen. On leaving Casorati's studio, retired to the country near Asti until 1939, when he moved to Milan. Did hardly any painting in 1940-7 because of war service and activity as a partisan. Supported himself for some years from 1946 mainly by designing and manufacturing toys. Shared a studio with Chighine 1950-7. Made non-formal abstract paintings related to impressions of landscape, with tonal variations of greys and whites and incised surfaces built up of sand, alabaster powder, etc. First one-man exhibition with Ralph Rumney at the Galleria Apollinaire, Milan, in 1956: the two artists issued an 'Anti-Aesthetic Manifesto'. In the late 1960s developed a lyrical form of figuration, with stylised female nudes, and from about 1970 sometimes incorporated collage. 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, pp.53-4