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.
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