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Piero Dorazio

"Art is inspired by Art."

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Notes of biography


Piero Dorazio (1927-2005) was born in Rome .He started his student life in architecture, but he quickly found a new interest in art and specially in painting. He was only twenty years old when he took part in the drafting of “Formed I”. This manifesto inspired his whole future work.
In 1950, he set the bookshop-gallery “l’Age d’Or” with M. Guerilli and A. Perilli, a co-operative of artists for the spreading of art and the artistic press. In 1952 and 53, he contributed to the review “Arti visive” and almost two years later, he published “the art imagination in the modern life”.
He learnt a lot during his numerous voyages (Prague, Paris, the United States in 1960); he was a professor of art at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). In France, he met artists he admired so much as well as Braque, Arp, Leger, Magnelli, Le Corbusier. In the United States, Dorazio bound with Hans Richter and Robert Motherwell.
While he specialised in the reappearing Italian art, Piero Dorazio was all together a painter, an art critic, a lecturer and he devoted his time to organize exhibitions. From 1984, he contributed to the “Corriere della Sera” and he became the appointed art critic of it. At first, he created figurative paintings, then cubist and futuristic ones with vivid contrasted colors. The linear structure appeared in 1947. He knew one constructivist period (1955), then an abstract one. For the artist the gesture was essential; his “traceries” of lines and affixed colors, creating an optical skilful crossing of tone, were the expression of his gesture.

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Some were created in lithographic technic, most are simple offset reproductions. They are many those who like collecting these rectangles of paper, monochrome or in games of colours, in matt paper or brilliant, with many words or almost dumb.

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Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
*« Dorazio », Alfieri, Alfieri Edizzioni d'Arte, Venise, 1978 All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Piero Dorazio : Pitture recenti », P. Dorazio, Ed. Galleria Marlborough, 1968
  • « Piero Dorazio : Paintings 1965/1968 », Al Dorazio, Ed. Marlborough Gerson Gall
  • « Piero Dorazio : Composizioni », Al Dorazio, Ed. Galleria Marlborough, 1972
  • « Piero Dorazio », G. Ungaretti, Ed. Erker Presse, 1976
  • « Piero Dorazio », MAM Paris, 1979
  • « Dorazio » A. Zevi, Ed. Essegi, Ravenne, 1985
  • « Dorazio », Galleria Comunale d'Arte, Cesana, 1989
  • « Piero Dorazio, Restrospective », cat. d'expo., Valence 2003
  • « Rigando dritto », M. Mattioli, Ed. Silvia, 2005
  • « P. Dorazio a Todi. L'arte, la vita. », M. Mattioli, F. Sardella, Ed. Skira, 2010
To read from the artist :
  • « La peinture comme dimension intime », P. Dorazio, cat., Gal. Lorenzelli, 1979
  • « Rigando Dritto. Scritti 1945-2004 », Silvia Editrice, Cologno Monzese, 2005
Website :
www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/dorazio

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Art movements

+ OPTICAL ART / 1955-1968 / Nicolas Schöffer (cybernetic art), Larry Poons, Bridget Riley, etc.
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