Lucio Fontana

Argentinean , 1899 - 1968

Lucio Fontana was born in Rosario de Santa Fé, Argentina in 1899. From 1905 to 1922 he lived in Milan, then moved back to Argentina where he worked as a sculptor in his father’s studio. In 1926 Fontana participated in the first exhibition of Nexus, a group of young, Argentinean artists working in Rosario de Santa Fé. He returned to Milan in 1928 and enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, attending for two years.

Fontana’s first solo exhibition was organized by the Galleria Il Milione in Milan in 1930. Fontana joined a group of abstract Italian sculptors in 1934 and in 1935 he traveled to Paris and joined the Abstraction-Création group. Fontana developed his skills in ceramics in Albisola, Italy and at the Sèvres factory, near Paris. He joined the Corrente, a group of Expressionist artists in Milan in 1939 and intensified his lifelong collaboration with architects during this period.

Fontana moved to Buenos Aires in 1940 and in 1946 he founded the Academia de Altamira from which the Manifesto Blanco emerged. In 1947 Fontana moved back to Milan and, in collaboration with other writers and philosophers, signed the “Primo manifesto dello spazialismo”. Subsequently, he resumed his ceramic work in Albisola exploring new ideas with his Concetti spaziali.

During the early 1950s Fontana participated in the Italian Art Informal exhibitions and explored working with various effects such as slashing and perforation in both painting and sculpture. In 1961 he visited New York during an exhibition at the Martha Jackson Gallery. He designed opera sets and costumes for La Scala in Milan in 1966. Fontana made the print, “Concetto Spaziale B”, an aquatint, carborundum embossed with punched holes in 1968. He died during the same year in Comabbio, Italy in 1968.
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