Piero Dorazio

1927, Rome, Italy – 2005, Perugia, Italy


Untitled 1, 1976

Silk-screen print on paper, 51 х 66см. | Untitled 2, 1974, silkscreen on paper, a.p., 86x60cm

Edition: 51/66; inscription b.l. 51/66, b.r. Piero Dorazio 1976

Acquisition: Gift

Reference: 02369



Piero Dorazio was an Italian painter. His work was related to color field painting, lyrical abstraction and other forms of abstract art.

Dorazio was born in Rome. His father was a civil servant, while his mother was interested in history and art. Dorazio attended Julius Caesar Lyceum (high school) in Rome. The family fled to their homeland province of Abruzzo in 1943. After the war, Dorazio worked briefly as a translator for the British Army and then studied architecture at the University of Rome.

He was influenced by futurists such as Gino Severini, Antonio Corpora, Enrico Prampolini, and Giacomo Balla, attracting him to painting. An aversion to their right-wing views pushed him to align instead with left-leaning artists like Renato Guttuso. Along with Pietro Consagra, Achille Perilli, and Giulio Turcato, he helped formulate a manifesto and establish a group of abstract artists in 1947 called Forma I. Although imbued with socialist leanings, the group did not follow the realist social commentary furthered by Guttuso but proposed to reclaim abstraction from Futurism. In 1947 Dorazio won a prize and a stipend from the French government to study at the École des Beaux-Arts of Paris.

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