Alfredo Volpi

Alfredo Volpi (April 14, 1896 - May 28, 1988), was a famous painter of the artistic and cultural Brazilian modernist movement. He was born in Lucca, Italy but, less than two years later, he was brought by his parents to São Paulo, Brazil, where he lived for most part of his life.

Volpi was a self-taught painter, producing his first naturalist painting at the age of twelve. Although his first paintings could resemble, in some way, those of expressionist artists, (an early influence was the Brazilian landscape painter De Fiori). he soon focused into a most peculiar style, using geometric abstract forms and switching from oil paint to tempera. He started painting façades of houses in a highly stylized and colorful manner and this recurrent theme became pervasive all through the 1950's, after a brief "concretist" period (even though the artist himself never acknowledged being part of the concretist movement as such). The 1960's witnessed the development of his trademark "banderinhas" (small flags) for which Volpi became famous: the artist would use the small-flag pattern to show an increasing sense of color combination and balanced composition which would eventually place him among the major Brazilian artists of his time.

The painter gained national renown with his participation at the second São Paulo Art Biennial, winning the best Brazilian painter award (shared with Di Cavalcanti who would publicly dismiss Volpi's art as being that of a "flag painter"). Soon he became known as one of the most important XX century painters in Brazil.

Recent exhibitions (MAM São Paulo 2006, Curitiba 2007) have shown how Volpi, far from being the isolated self-made artist he was once thought to be, actually absorbed various influences during his career, especially that of Joseph Albers.

External links

* [http://www1.uol.com.br/bienal/24bienal/nuh/enuhvolpi01.htm Volpi at XXIV São Paulo Art Biennial]
* [http://www.mre.gov.br/cdbrasil/itamaraty/web/ingles/artecult/artespla/artistas/avolpi/index.htm Alfredo Volpi biography]
* [http://www.geocities.com/alfredovolpi/arcos.html sample of Volpi's paintings]
* [http://www.escritoriodearte.com Alfredo Volpi's paintings]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Alfredo Volpi — (nacido en Lucca, 14 de abril de 1896 falleció en São Paulo, el 28 de mayo de 1988) fue un pintor italo brasileño considerado por la crítica como uno de los artistas más importantes de la segunda geración del modernismo. Una de las… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Alfredo Volpi — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Volpi. Alfredo Volpi (1896 1988) fut un peintre brésilien, considéré comme l un des inspirateurs du mouvement concrétiste, même s il s est toujours défendu d appartenir à un quelconque courant en peinture.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Volpi — is a surname of Italian origin, meaning fox . The name refers to: *Alberto Volpi (b. 1962), Italian road bicycle racer *Alfredo Volpi (1896–1988), Italian Brazilian modernist painter *Giacomo Lauri Volpi (1892–1979), Italian operatic tenor… …   Wikipedia

  • Alfredo Rizzotti — Alfredo Rullo Rizzotti (Serrana, 15 de agosto de 1909 São Paulo, 12 de mayo de 1972) fue un pintor, dibujante y decorador brasileño. Antes de dedicarse al arte fue tornero mecánico, mecánico de autos y fresador. Vivió en Turín, Italia, desde… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Volpi — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Patronyme Volpi est un nom de famille d origine italienne notamment porté par : Alberto Volpi, (1962 ), coureur cycliste italien ; Alfredo Volpi …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Clóvis Graciano — Este artículo o sección sobre biografías y arte necesita ser wikificado con un formato acorde a las convenciones de estilo. Por favor, edítalo para que las cumpla. Mientras tanto, no elimines este aviso puesto el 14 de marzo de 2009. También… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Grupo Santa Helena — fue el nombre atribuido por el crítico Sérgio Milliet a los pintores que, a partir de mediados de la década del 1930, se reunían en os ateliérs de Francisco Rebolo y Mário Zanini. Los ateliérs estabam situados en un edificio de la Praça da Sé, en …   Wikipedia Español

  • Luciana Misi — Luciana de Souza Misi (born 2 May 1978 in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil) is a developer and a principal of Austin, Texas based architecture firm LAMME + MISI Urban Studio, specializing in urban infill projects. Partnered with H. Hall Lamme, her firm… …   Wikipedia

  • Pintura en Italia — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda En la escuela veneciana, de tipo bizantino, destacó Andrea Riccio de Candia, a quien se atribuye la creación del famosísimo icono de la Virgen del Perpetuo Socorro. Durante el barroco, en Italia se desarrolla ante… …   Wikipedia Español

  • List of Brazilians — This is a list of well known Brazilians (by nationality or citizenship), ordered alphabetically within categories:Actors* Ana Paula Arósio (born 1975), actress * Antônio Fagundes (born 1949), actor * Bruno Campos, actor * Bibi Ferreira, actress * …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”