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Umberto Mariani

1936 Milan, Italy

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  • About the Artist

Umberto Mariani is an artist born in 1936 in Milan, where he lives and works. 

After being the pupil of Achille Funi, with whom he built the chapel of St. Charles in the Basilica of Sant'Angelo in Milan and the altarpiece of St. Joseph in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and after going through an expressionist phase inspired by the ways of Permeke, Mariani soon moved to Pop Art. In his paintings sharp images of objects verging on erotic allusion appear, such as long gloves or shiny boots, which seem to allude rather to a surrealist atmosphere. 

In the end, what really interests Mariani are the folds of fabrics: he confesses a sort of illumination when he discovered that drapery, usually used to hide something, is actually the main subject of art history from the Greeks to the present day. Moreover, his draperies are made of lead, which in alchemy has a precise meaning: it is the metal of Saturn, of the night, the opposite of gold. Lead contains an unexpressed thought, which the artist, having become a sort of priest, tries to evoke: the truth of things is not made known through language, but only through experience; and Umberto Mariani prefers artistic experience.

 

Works by Umberto Mariani

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2009

40 x 64 cm

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2018

121 x 87 cm

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2018

80 x 60 cm

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2009

42 x 33.5 cm

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