Afro Basaldella


Afro Libio Basaldella (1912-1976), was an Informal Italian painter and considered an important representative of Abstractism.

He belonged to the Roman School, which was the same one as Giorgio De Chirico and Renato Guttuso.


He obtained his diploma in painting in 1931 and in 1932 exhibited at the Galleria il Milione in Milan. In 1935 he is at the Quadriennial and in 1936 he is at the Biennial where he again is exhibited in 1940 and in 1942.

After his Roman School, and his approach towards Neocubism, he goes to the United States and initiates his twenty-year collaboration with Catherine Viviano Gallery.


In 1952 he joins the Group of Eight, and is part of the 1955 traveling show The New Decade: 22 European Painters and Sculptors and by 1956 he has gained world fame with his Biennial award of Best Italian Painter and thereafter awards in the United States.

The seventies are characterized by an intensification of his graphic work and a dispersion of his painting and exhibiting activity.

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