(Rome, 1935 – Rome, 1988)
Born in Rome in San Lorenzo district, Franco Angeli starts his artistic career at the atelier of Edgardo Mannucci, whom he works with since 1957. At that time Angeli approached Alberto Burri’s Art Informel, attracted by the artist’s use of materials and forms. In 1959 Angeli exhibits his works in a group show at the La Salita Gallery in Rome, together with Tano Festa and Giuseppe Uncini. In those years the artist commonly goes to the Rosati bar, where he gets close to Renato Guttuso, Pino Pascali, Jannis Kounellis and Fabio Mauri. His first materic canvases of dark colours and layers of transparent voiles date back to the late ‘50s. During the ‘60 the artist develops a growing emphasis on mass imagery. He uses images and stereotypes ideological symbols adapted from the urban context, synthetising the rhetorical aspect of the artifacts of an eternal Rome.
Among his most important solo and group exhibitions, we can mention: Franco Angeli, La Salita Gallery (Rome, 1960); Nuove prospettive della pittura italiana, Palazzo Re Enzo (Bologna, 1962); Roma New York 1948-1964, Rayburn Foundation (New York, 1993); Venice Biennale (Venice, 1978; 1995); Il sogno fotografico di Franco Angeli 1976-1975, Mercati di Traiano, Musei dei Fori Imperiali (Rome, 2011); Imagine. Nuove immagini nell’arte italiana 1960-69, Peggy Guggennheim Collection (Venice, 2016).
Franco Angeli, Grigio e Rosso, 1959
mixed media on canvas and gauze
cm 170 x 105