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Silvano Bozzolini

"I would like to be a little stone of a large building."


Notes of biography

Silvano Bozzolini was born in 1911 in Fiesole, Italy. His parents, shop keepers, are unhappy with their son’s choice to study art. However he studies art in Rome in 1928, then in Milan where he continues his formation by teaching himself. At the beginning of the 30’s, Silvano Bozzolini proceeds to study the Primitive Tuscans in Florence; he be, in this same town, a student of the Fine Arts School in 1936.
The young man takes several trips by bicycle to Switzerland and Belgium. He is called to war, to Albania and Greece, and is wounded. During the summer of 1943, Bozzolini joins the Maquis in the regions of the Sienne.
The artist takes his place in the group ‘Arte d’Oggi’ (1946-1947). He produces his first abstract canvas in 1946. Stemming from a trip to Paris, he decides to move there at the end of 1947. There, he meets and becomes friends with Jean Dewasne, Victor Vasarely, Emilie Gilioli, the Danes Robert Mortensen and Egil Jacobsen, and Poliakoff. In 1948, it is his meeting with Jean Arp, that he illustrates engravings for a poem in 1949, with Sonia Delaunay, Jean Deyrolle and Alberto Magnelli.
Bozzolini integrates himself into the group ‘Espace (Space)’. He becomes assiduous with the Denise René Gallery where he exhibits in 1954. From the 50’s and for a long time afterwards, the artist participates in the numerous French collective exhibitions (Salon de Mai, Salon des Réalités Nouvelles where he becomes a member of the committee, Salon des Comparaisons, then the Grand et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui, etc.) and abroad (Milan, Pittsburgh, New York).
If his first solo exhibitions are organized in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1934, then the first Parisian exhibition (engraving) dedicated to him is organized at the La Hune Library in 1951. Silvano Bozzolini is from now on regularly exhibited, the most prestigious galleries and museums provide an appreciation of his work (Copenhagen, Florence, Milan, Liege, Bruxelle, Paris, Tokyo, etc.). The international museums of engraving take in his work into their collections (Museum of Modern Art in New York, San Paulo, Liege, Scopnje, Nantes, the city of Paris, etc.).
In 1964, Bozzolini produces ‘The Celestial Jerusalem’, twenty four stain-glass windows for the Boust Church in Moselle; the artist attains several monumental public commissions (frescoes, mosaics, etc.). Parallel with his painting, the artist equally leads important works on paper, notably in the domain of wood engraving, in which his illustration equal that of collage. Partly from a post-cubist vision, Silvano Bozzolini accomplishes on his arrival in Paris an abstraction with geometric tendencies, however utilising more of a curve that is not customary at this time where right angles prevail. Supported by a lively, tonic and sensual palette, his dynamic and sober compositions, his art will always carry this trait.
Silvano Bozzolini died in 1998.

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Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Silvano Bozzolini », Oskar Dalvitt, cat. d'expo., Origo Verlag, Zurich, 1949
  • « Quatro variazioni su un quadrato », cat., Gall. Fonte d'Abisso, Modéne, 1949
  • « Bozzolini », cat. d'expo., Galerie De Seine, Paris, 1971
  • « Silvano Bozzolini », in Les années 50, G. Xuriguera, Arted, Paris, 1984
  • « Bozzolini, œuvres des années 50-60 », Cat. Galerie J. Barbier, Paris, 1986
  • « Bozzolini, 80 ans », Françoise Monnin, Ed. MDC, Sisteron, 1991
  • « Silvano Bozzolini - Images », Emiliano Bonfanti, Ed. A compte d'auteur, 1994
  • « Silvano Bozzolini », B. Buscaroli, Ed. Masso delle Fate, 2010
  • « S. Bozzolini : Spazialità musicale », M. Stefanini, S. De Rosa, Carlo Cambi Ed., 2011
  • « Silvano Bozzolini : Pitture 1946-1992 », B. Buscaroli, Carlo Cambi Ed., 2014
To read from the artist :
  • « Quatre piraines » Jean Arp, gravures de Bozzolini & Righetti, Ed. J Pons, 1949
  • « Bozzolini », vidéogramme, Bruno Brouard, Production « D’Art-D’Art », 1989
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Art movements

+ SCHOOL OF PARIS / 1945-1960 / Jean Degottex, Georges Mathieu, Nicolas de Staël, etc.
+ NEW REALITIES / 1946-1956 / Etienne Béothy, Marcelle Cahn, etc.
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