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

* [ Volpi at XXIV São Paulo Art Biennial]
* [ Alfredo Volpi biography]
* [ sample of Volpi's paintings]
* [ Alfredo Volpi's paintings]

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