Artist biography

Sergio Romiti born 1928

Italian painter, born in Bologna. Gave up classical studies in 1946 to devote himself entirely to painting, self-taught. His early works of 1947-8 included expressionistic watercolours of female nudes and horses, but he afterwards took the theme of familiar domestic still-life objects, such as tables, lamps and windows, as the basis for post-Cubist compositions. Some affinity with Morandi and Braque. In 1949-50 made semi-abstract pictures with sombre colours and an almost geometrical framework of overlapping planes and acute angles ('Shelf with Objects', 'Still Life in a Room', etc.). Exhibited with Barnabé and Vacchi at the Galleria del Secolo, Rome, 1949; first one-man exhibition at the Galleria del Milione, Milan, 1951. From 1952 the objects became disembodied patches of colour, at first sometimes outlined with dark brushstrokes, in a luminous setting. Influenced to some extent by the late work of de Staël c.1954-5. From c.1957 his style became increasingly rarefied and tachiste; the forms were almost completely dissolved away, becoming merely graphic metaphors suggesting movement or blurred, smeared modulations of colour. Lives in Bologna.

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.651