Piero Dorazio 1927–2005

Artist biography

Piero Dorazio born 1927

Italian abstract painter, born in Rome. Studied architecture for several years at Rome University. In 1946 met Turcato, Corpora, Guttuso, Severini and Prampolini; painted his first abstract pictures. Took part in the drafting of the manifesto Forma 1 and lived in Paris 1947-8 on a French government scholarship, meeting Magnelli, Vantongerloo and other abstract artists. Back in Rome, organised in 1950-1 a co-operative gallery Age d'Or for avant-garde exhibitions, edited Forma 2 and organised the second national exhibition of abstract art; in 1952 promoted with Burri, Colla and others the foundation Origine and edited the magazine Arti Visive. Made white paintings 1951-4 with points and lines in relief. Lived in New York 1953-4 and met the Abstract Expressionists. First one-man exhibition at the Wittenborn One-Wall Gallery, New York, 1953. Began in 1954 to paint with splodges and bands of intense colour, followed in 1958-63 by regular all-over webs of colour lines and then bolder, wider colour structures. Visited the USA regularly from 1960, teaching at the University of Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Awarded the Prix Kandinsky 1961. Lives in Todi.

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.175