Lucio Fontana


Lucio Fontana was born in Argentina (1899-1968). When he was six he returned to Italy with his family to attend school and while at school began apprenticing in his father's studio.

He completes two years at the Fine Art Academy of Brera before returning to Argentina working for his father where he opens his own sculpture studio in 1922. In 1928 he returns to Italy to pick up on where he left off at the Art Academy where he graduates in 1930 following the lessons of Adolofo Wildt.

In the thirties he follows his own inspirations creating works between the figurative and abstract.

His popularity grows with the critics and participates in the Triennial in Milan, the Biennial in Venice, the Quadrennial in Rome and exhibits numerous times at the Gallery of Million. In 1937 he dedicates himself to ceramics, in the famous town of Albissola, at the Sèvres factory where he creates small works that he shows in Paris and subsequently sells with great success.

He returns to Buenos Aires in 1940 and works passionately winning many sculpture contests.

In 1947, Fontana creates the Spatial Movement in Milan with other artists and intellectuals and publishes the First Manifest of Spatialism. In 1949 he exhibits in Milan the Spatial Environment and Black Light.

Looking for a third dimension, Fontana experiments with painting and creates his first canvases cutting them creating the road to his cycle of "holes."

In the fifties he continues to work intensely on his the cycle of holes, using glass creating the cycle of "stones."

Pushing himself with experimentation, besides piercing canvases, he applies color, ink, pastels, collages and shiny pieces of glass. In 1957 in a series of works on framed paper, besides the holds and graffiti, the cuts (in italian "Concetto Spaziale") make their appearance.

At this point Fontana is well known and appreciated worldwide and participates in international manifestations at an intense rhythm while galleries and museums are buying up his works.

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