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Alberto Biasi

1937 Padova, Italy

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  • About the Artist

Born in 1937 in Padua, where he still lives, Alberto Biasi is one of the protagonists of post-war Italian art and one of the founders of the historic Gruppo N. His motherless childhood was spent with his grandmother in Carrara San Giorgio, a small town in the Padua area. Orphaned by his mother, he spent part of his childhood with his paternal grandmother in Carrara San Giorgio, a small village in the Padua area. It was only later, at the end of the war, that he returned to his hometown where he attended classical high school and then enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture in Venice and the Advanced Course in Industrial Design. After completing his studies, from 1958 onwards, he gave his first lessons in drawing and art history in public schools, obtaining, between 1969 and 1988, the chair of advertising graphic arts at the Professional Institute of Padua.

In 1959 he took part in various youth art events and with some of his peers, students of architecture, he formed the Enne-A Group. In 1960 he exhibited with Enrico Castellani, Piero Manzoni, Agostino Bonalumi and other European artists at the Azimut Gallery in Milan. Also in 1960, in a period marked by innovation and experimentation, he formed Gruppo N in close collaboration with Manfredo Massironi. The following year he joined the "Nuove tendenze" movement and in 1962, as Gruppo N, he exhibited with Bruno Munari, Enzo Mari and the Milanese Gruppo T in the first Arte Programmata exhibition at the Negozio Olivetti in Milan.

In this period (especially between 1959 and 1960) he created the Trame, reticular and permeable objects, where modularity has optical-kinetic implications in the relationship between light and the movement of the eye. He soon added the series of Rilievi ottico-dinamici, superimpositions of lamellar structures in contrasting colours that create special visual effects. Also the Torsioni, executed with lamellas, generally two-coloured, which generate optical dynamism through the different points of view of the observer, and the Ambienti, such as the Light prisms (designed in 1962 and transferred to environmental dimensions in 1969), were produced from the 1960s onwards.

Once the experience of the N Group was over, Biasi continued his investigation into the interaction between viewer and work of art. In the 1970s, he developed the Politipi - a cycle he worked on until the 1990s, when small inserts of colour also appeared -, characterised by the superimposition of several planes and the multiple interweaving of strips, thus alluding to the third dimension. At the end of the nineties he created the Assemblaggi, combinations of different surfaces, sometimes monochrome, also composed in diptychs or triptychs, where a greater three-dimensional tension is evident, which will take shape in the last decade with some steel sculptures such as totems or vertical slabs.

Over the course of his sixty-year career, Alberto Biasi has taken part in many international exhibitions, including the XXXII and XLII Venice Biennale, the X, XI and XIV Rome Quadrennial, the XI São Paulo Biennial and has exhibited at several graphic design biennials, receiving important awards, including the 1973 World Print Competition of the California College of Arts and Crafts in collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has held numerous solo exhibitions in private and public spaces such as the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź in Poland, the Museo Civico agli Eremitani in Padua, the Museu Diocesà in Barcelona, the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino, the Palazzo dei Priori in Perugia, the MACBA in Buenos Aires, the MAC in Santiago de Chile, the MARCA in Catanzaro, the Palazzo Reale in Genoa and the Palazzo Pretorio in Cittadella (Padua).

His works are part of prestigious public and museum collections in Italy and abroad, including the MoMA in New York, the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

Works by Alberto Biasi

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